March 7, 2013
Tethering to a fixed point is prohibited, but dogs may be tethered to overhead running lines if certain requirements are met. Unattended tethering to overhead running lines is prohibited from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Sec. 18-2.1. Minimum standards of care for animals.
(b) Tethering. It shall be unlawful to tether a dog, except as follows. A dog may be restrained to an overhead running line, pulley, or trolley system under the following conditions:
(1) The tether is attached to the dog by means of a suitable, properly-fitted collar or harness not exceeding two inches in width. Choke or prong collars are not permitted. The tether must have a swivel on both ends.
(2) The tether provides access to adequate space for the dog to move about freely and cannot become entangled in such a way that would prevent the dog’s mobility or cause strangulation.
(3) At minimum, the tether should be four times the length of the dog from the tip of nose to the tip of the tail and the tether must allow the dog to lie down with its head flat on the ground and provide an additional 12 inches of slack.
(4) The tether is made of a durable, lightweight material that will not cause unnecessary stress on the dog. The tether shall not weigh more than three percent of the dog’s total body weight. Thick chains and other heavy lines are prohibited.
(5) The tether allows the dog to move at least 30 feet. Otherwise, the dog must be removed from the tether at least twice a day for exercise and/or socialization for a minimum of 60 minutes each day.
(6) The tether does not inhibit the animal’s access to shelter, shade, food and water; and
(7) Intact dogs may not be tethered under any circumstances.
(8) Dogs may not be tethered unsupervised between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.