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Leash Law

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).   

Tethered Animals

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.

Anti-Tethering Tips

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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