Charlotte Prepares for New Dog-Tethering Law

By Doug Miller / Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Starting Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Charlotte dog owners must comply with the city’s new tethering law – or face citations and even loss of ownership rights.

City Council in September passed an ordinance that forbids tethering dogs 4 months or younger, and another provision to prohibit the practice of using heavy chains to tie up dogs.

The law, effective March 1, doesn’t go as far as some wanted.

A ban on tethering was supported by the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, a group founded four years ago by a Durham woman. The organization, which has chapters across the country, holds fund raising events to build fences in yards, so dogs won’t have to be tethered.

Other provisions of the new ordinance:

Tethers must be at least 10 feet long and must be made of either metal chain or coated steel cable.

Tethers must be attached to the dog’s collar or harness and in no way can be placed directly around the dog’s neck.

Tethers must have swivels on both ends.

Tethers must allow dogs a reasonable and unobstructed range of motion, without the possibility of entanglement.

No tether may be attached to a stationary object that allows dogs to come within 5 feet of any property line.

Residents of townhomes, apartments, condominiums or similar multi-family housing may tether dogs only for temporary exercise or relief.

The city says owners who have been warned prior to Tuesday may be cited immediately. Others will be given time to comply, or they will be cited and fined.

“If there is still lack of compliance by the 5th citation, an officer may seize the animal and take the owner to court, at which time they could lose their dog and ownership rights,” the city says in materials explaining the law.

Published in: on February 23, 2011 at 9:12 am  Leave a Comment  

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