Raleigh, North Carolina

July 7, 2020

Dogs may not be tethered for more than three hours in any 24-hour period.


(a) No person shall tether a dog to a tree, fence, post, dog house, or other stationary object for more than three (3) hours total in a twenty-four (24) hour period. Any device used to tether shall be at least ten (10) feet long and attached in such a manner as to prevent strangulation or other injury to the dog and entanglement with other objects. A cable trolley system may be used to tether for the allowed period so long as the stationary cable is at least ten (10) feet long and the dog can perpendicularly move at least ten (10) feet away from the stationary line. The line should be attached to the dog with a buckle type collar or a body harness. The device used to tether shall weigh no more than ten (10) percent of the dog’s body weight and must allow the dog access to adequate food and water. In addition to being a misdemeanor, a violation of this section is subject to a civil penalty of one hundred dollars ($100.00) per day for each day of violation.

(b) Any dog that is confined in the manner described in this section shall have access to adequate shelter as herein defined to include periods of extreme weather.

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