Springfield, Massachusetts

No dog may be tethered for more than 5 out of every 24 hours or from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Dogs may not be tethered during weather or other advisories.

Humane Care


Owners shall provide each of their animals with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter, protection from the weather; veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and otherwise humane care and treatment. No person shall tether a dog for more than five (5) out of every twenty-four (24) hours and outside from 10 PM to 6 AM, unless the tethering is for not more than 15 minutes and the dog is not left unattended by the owner, guardian or keeper. No dog under the age of six (6) months shall be tethered outside for any length of time. No person shall keep or place an animal in a location that would cause an unreasonable risk of injury or death to the Animal or subject them to “cruel conditions” which shall include, but not be limited to, the following-leaving an Animal unattended in a stationary or parked vehicle; filthy and dirty confinement conditions; extreme weather, including but not limited to extreme heat, cold, wind, snow or hail which pose an adverse risk to the health and safety of the dog based on the dog’s breed, age or physical condition, and times when a weather advisory, warning or watch is issued by a local, state or federal authority; taunting, prodding, hitting, harassing, threatening or otherwise harming a tethered or confined dog.

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