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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- It shall be unlawful to stake a cat outside on a leash, rope, chain or similar apparatus.
- 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.
- Violations of this Ordinance shall be punishable by a penalty of up to $2,000.00 dollars per violation.