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Raleigh passes dog tethering ordinance

Posted March 3, 2009
Updated June 30, 2009

— The Raleigh City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday regulating the unattended restraint or tethering of dogs, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said.

The ordinance, which takes effect July 1, makes it illegal for a dog to be tethered for more than three hours total during a 24-hour period.

Any device used to tether a dog must be at least 10 feet long and attached in a way to prevent strangulation or other injury to the dog or entanglement with objects.

The device can’t weigh more than 10 percent of the dog’s body weight and must allow the dog access to food and water.

The tethering line must be attached with a buckle-type collar or body harness.

Those found in violation will be charged with a misdemeanor and face a civil penalty of $100 per day for each violation.


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  • bbnc1198cat Jul 1, 2009

    While I could not afford a fence, I don't want my two dogs all over the neighborhood...that's not caring for them, either, nor is it considerate to MY neighbors. Yet, they need to be 'free' to run loose. They needed a border of some kind, so I went the least expensive way (though NOT CHEAP, either!)& saved for an invisible fence and two collars. We are ALL delighted. I love to let my dogs run around on their own .75 of an acre. They are mostly indoors with me since they are mountain dogs and do not appreciate the hot temperatures. The also enjoy the side (covered) porch in the cooler weather. I would not ever tie them outside, but I understand the need to keep them within a boundary as well.

  • Usually_right Mar 4, 2009

    All you animal lovers will start crying when people who can't afford fences are forced to take their dogs to the shelter, but you feel good about yourselves anyway.

  • Usually_right Mar 4, 2009

    Got to love Gov't regulation. I personally like to beat my dog.

  • cabswife Mar 4, 2009

    So glad to see this passed. It's a shame that there is a need for it (but I know there is), and I'm afraid the shelters will be even more crowed than before, but living on a chain is no life at all.

  • news4u Mar 4, 2009

    If I see a dog tethered in the heat with no water or shade I will stay there until Animal Control gets there!


  • maddie Mar 4, 2009

    deathrowifeelyourpainnot: I answered your latest post without reading the older one. Man, you do NOT need animals. Why do you have them when you have no feelings? I know there is no way you can comprehend this, but dogs are sociable animals and enjoy the company of humans. Now you are saying that we feel warmer towards dogs than humans, but after reading your post I'll take the loyalty of a dog anytime!!!!

  • news4u Mar 4, 2009

    Don't CHAIN me Bro'!

  • ice cream Mar 4, 2009

    "This will affect the lives of many poor people."

    Owning an animal is a PRIVILEGE, not a RIGHT. If you can't afford proper care for an animal, you shouldn't have one!

  • rescuefan Mar 4, 2009

    If you dog stays in your home or only runs loose when YOU say so, your dog is living a horrible life and is not able to be a DOG.Nearly everyone on here is treating their dog worse than I am. If you keep your dog in the house, and walk it on a leash, that is horrible. My dogs run free in my fenced back yard and have a temperature controlled room to retire to at THEIR choosing.

    Go ahead and keep telling yourself that. My dogs prefer to hang in the house with me because they like being near me. If your dogs don't, I wonder why. Mine go for walks, on a leash, hikes, off leash and swimming, offleash. They also hang right with me because they want to spend time with me as much as I want to spend time with them.

    I am thrilled that Raleigh passed this ordinance! Dogs deserve much more than to be chained in a backyard 24/7. They need to be with their people.

  • maddie Mar 4, 2009

    deathrowifeelyour pain: you should see some of the animals that arrive in shelters after being chained. I will not go into detail, but I think it might sober you up.