Buncombe County, North Carolina

December 7, 2010

This ordinance bans tethering under conditions deemed harmful by an animal control officer, including employing a tether of an inappropriate length or weight; requires that tethering arrangements prevent possible entanglement; and mandates that animals have access to food, water, and shelter. It also requires that tethers be attached with swivels on both ends.



Sec. 6-58. – Animal care.

(o)  It shall be unlawful to tether an animal to a stationary object for a period of time or under conditions that an officer or animal cruelty investigator deems harmful or potentially harmful to the animal. Tethering may be allowed in certain cases if there is no sign of obvious neglect and the animal is not exhibiting health or temperament problems. Examples of improper tethering include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Using a length or weight of tether that is not appropriate for the size, weight and age of the animal. An appropriate restraint must be a minimum of four times the length from the tip of the animal’s nose to the tip of the animal’s tail and shall be no less than 15 feet.
  • Using a tether that does not have swivels on both ends. All tethers must be attached to the animal by means of a properly fitting harness or collar of not less than one inch in width made of nylon or leather.
  • Allowing an animal to be tethered such that the animal is not confined to the owner’s property or such that the tether can become entangled and prevent the animal from moving about freely, lying down comfortable or having access to adequate food, water and shelter.


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