January 11, 2012
Animals may not be tethered unless someone is with the animal and the animal is visible to that person at all times. Choke or prong collars may not be used for tethering, and dogs may not be tethered for purposes of training on any treadmill device. Dogs may not be kept outside during extreme weather.
Sec. 4-11. – Impoundment and care of dogs.
(a) No person shall tether an animal to a stationary or inanimate object as a means of confinement or restraint unless such person is with the animal and the animal is at all times visible to such person. Choke or prong type collars shall not be used on an animal while such animal is tethered. As used in this chapter, tether means to restrain an animal by tying the animal to any object or structure, including without limitation, a house, tree, fence, post, garage, or shed, by any means, including without limitation, a chain, rope, cord, leash, or running line. Tethering shall not include using a leash or lead to walk an animal. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an animal may be tethered while actively participating in or attending an organized show, field trial, agility event, herding contest or other similar exposition or even, of a limited duration, that involves the judging or evaluation of animals.
(b) Any dog maintained outdoors for all or part of the day in a fenced yard or other type of enclosure shall be provided a minimum of eighty (80) square feet of open space. An additional forty (40) square feet shall be required for each additional dog kept in the same enclosed area. Each dog shall be provided sufficient shelter within the enclosed area. Any enclosed area where a dog is confined shall be kept free of objects that may injure the dog and shall be cleaned regularly to remove feces. Dogs shall not be maintained outdoors during periods of extreme weather including but not limited to hurricane, tropical storms, and tornados.
(c) No dog shall be tethered, tied or chained outdoors at any time for the purposes of training on any treadmill device.
(d) Any owner, agent, employee, servant or other person having charge of the premises where any dog is located must provide clean, safe and humane conditions for dogs which are outdoors on private property, which conditions include, but are not limited to, sufficient food and water, shelter from cold, heat and rain with adequate shelter and ventilation.