Queen Anne’s County, Maryland

February 24, 2015


This ordinance prohibits any form of tying, chaining, or tethering unless the dog is within visual range of his or her guardian.

  • 9-15 Standard Regulations of Care for Domestic Animals and Domesticated Livestock


  1. Tethering is prohibited unless the dog is in visual range of the responsible party, and the responsible party is located outside with the dog.
  2. A tether to confine a dog shall be a minimum of 15ft if the yard permits but under no circumstances less than 10ft.
  3. The tether shall be comprised of a coated cable designed for animal use. (CHAINS & ROPES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE). The cable must have swivels at both ends to prevent kinking and knotting. The cable must be attached to a buckle type collar or properly fitted harness. The harness or collar must be made of a material that prevents choking and shall be monitored regularly so as to assure proper fit, prevent discomfort or injury. The area covered shall be maintained so that the tether cannot become entangled or pose a substantial risk of injury to the dog and shall be positioned so that the dog cannot wrap the tether around posts, trees or debris, or hang by jumping a fence or guardrail, or drown by jumping into a pool.
  4. Enclosed buildings and sheds that are used for shelter, see earlier reference regarding “Shelter”, shall have;
  5. Readily available outdoor access and be properly ventilated.
  6. Be reasonably lighted.
  7. Provide protection from the weather.
  8. Maintain a temperature considered safe for the animal’s health as determined by the breed and condition of the dog.
  9. Kept in good repair at all times.
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