Tethering/Chaining

Nocona, Texas

This ordinance bans unattended tethering as well as all overnight tethering and tethering in extreme temperatures.

Section 2.108 Dogs to be Restrained

(A) Chaining and Tethering Animals.

  1. It shall be unlawful to keep an animal or livestock on a chain or rope placed in a manner that makes it possible to become entangled with the restraints of other animals or livestock or with any other objects.
  2. It shall be unlawful to keep any animal or livestock on a chain or rope that is of insufficient length to allow the animal or livestock complete access to food, water and shelter at all times.
  3. It shall be unlawful to attach a chain to an animal or livestock in a manner so as to cause injury or discomfort to the animal or livestock.
  4. It shall be unlawful to stake a cat outside on a leash, rope, chain or similar apparatus.
  5. It shall be unlawful to restrain a dog outside with a chain or tether unless:

a) A person is holding the chain or tether; or

b) The dog’s owner or handler remains outside, within 50 feet of the dog, throughout the period of restraint.

6. An owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement:

a) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;

b) Within 500 feet of the premises of a school; or

c) In the case of extreme weather conditions, including condition in which:

1) The actual or effective outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit;

2) A heat advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or jurisdiction;

3) A hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued for the jurisdiction by the National Weather Service.

  1. Violations of this Ordinance shall be punishable by a penalty of up to $2,000.00 dollars per violation.
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