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Your dog is not permitted to roam free off your private property. When your dog is off your property, it must be leashed at all times. Running at large: $150.00 fine for an unsterilized dog (plus a $10.00 surcharge), $50.00 fine for sterilized dogs (plus a $10.00 surcharge).
It is illegal to tether (or chain) your dog if you are not present:
It shall be unlawful for a responsible party to tether a dog while outdoors, except when all of the following conditions are met:
- The dog is in visual range of the responsible party, and the responsible party is located outside with the dog.
- The tether is connected to the dog by a buckle-type collar or a body harness made of nylon or leather, not less than one inch in width.
- The tether has the following properties: it is at least five times the length of the dog's body, as measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail; it terminates at both ends with a swivel; it does not weigh more than 1/8 of the dog's weight; and it is free of tangles.
- The dog is tethered in such a manner as to prevent injury, strangulation, or entanglement.
- The dog is not outside during a period of extreme weather, including without limitation extreme heat or near-freezing temperatures, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, or hurricanes.
- The dog has access to water, shelter, and dry ground.
- The dog is at least six months of age. Puppies shall not be tethered.
- The dog is not sick or injured.
- Pulley, running line, or trolley systems are at least 15 feet in length and are less than 7 feet above the ground.
- If there are multiple dogs, each dog is tethered separately.
As used in this ordinance, tether means to restrain a dog by tying the dog to any object or structure, including without limitation a house, tree, fence, post, garage, or shed, by any means, including without limitation a chain, rope, cord, leash, or running line. Tethering shall not include using a leash to walk a dog.
Volunteer trainers offer free training advice to owners of tethered dogs.
Read over some alternatives to chaining and some training tips.
- First offense: Warning with 30 days
- Second offense: $115.00 citation
- Each subsequent offense: $515.00 citation
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