Amherst, Massachusetts

Dogs may not be tethered for longer than eight hours in any 24-hour period.

Prolonged Confinement of Dogs Outside
(A) Prolonged Chaining or Tethering of Dogs is Prohibited.
No person owning or keeping a dog in the town shall chain or tether a dog to a stationary object including but not limited to any structure, dog house, pole or tree for longer than eight (8) total hours in any 24-hour period. Any tethering employed shall not allow the dog to leave the owner/guardian’s or keeper’s property. The tether must be designed for dogs (e.g., logging chains and other lines or devices not for the purpose of tethering dogs may not be used). No chain or tether shall weigh more than one-eighth (1/8) of the dog’s body weight. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting a person from walking a dog on a hand-held leash.
No dog under the age of six (6) months shall be tethered outside for any length of time.

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