Westchester County, New York

May 20, 2019

Tethering to a fixed point is prohibited between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and when a responsible party is not on the premises. Additional protections are described.

Sec. 681.02 Restrictions on tethering

1. It shall be unlawful for any responsible party to tether a dog to any stationary object outdoors or cause such dog to be restrained in a manner that:

(a) Restricts such dog’s access to suitable and sufficient food, potable water and dry ground;

(b) Does not provide such dog with shelter appropriate to its breed, physical condition, and the climate as defined by § 353-b of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law;

(c) Unreasonably limits the movement of such dog to urinate or defecate in a separate area from the area where it must eat, drink or lie down;

(d) Exposes such dog to animal waste, garbage, noxious odors, taunting, prodding, provoking, hitting, or harassing that could injure or kill the dog; or

(e) Enables such dog to move outside of the property to which it is otherwise properly tethered.

2. No responsible party shall tether a dog to any stationary object outdoors unless they remain on the premises where the dog is tethered.

3. No responsible party shall tether a dog to any stationary object outdoors if such dog is:

(a) Less than six months of age;

(b) Sick or injured; or

(c) A nursing mother whose offspring are present.

4. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in this chapter, no responsible party shall tether a dog to any stationary object outdoors:

(a) During a weather alert; or

(b) Between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

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