Tethering Laws

If you choose to tether your pet on your property, certain provisions are required to ensure the animal’s health and safety.

No owner, guardian, or other person controlling or possessing any dog or cat shall leave said dog or cat tethered outdoors for more than 10 continuous hours for a total of 12 hours in any 24 hour period. The tether must be proportionate to the animal, at least 15 feet in length, have a swivel at both ends, and be attached to the pet via a properly fitting harness or collar of nylon or leather. The area where the pet is tethered must be kept in a safe and clean condition and be free from any obstruction which might cause the tether to become entangled. The pet must also have access to suitable, edible, and sufficient food; clean and potable water; and appropriate shelter from the elements.