animal companion ordinances Elon, North Carolina

Elon, North Carolina


Sec. 6.7. Tethering.

  • No person shall tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain an animal, or cause such restraining of an animal to any object except as provided in subsection (b) below.
  • Exceptions for lawful tethering.Lawful tethering shall be temporary in nature and shall not be misconstrued to permit the practice of continuous tethering of a dog as a method of restraint or confinement.

(1) Lawful tethering shall be permitted when the caretaker is outside within eyesight of the animal.

(2) Lawful tethering shall be permitted when the caretaker is actively engaged in one of the following activities and shall be limited to a period of no more than seven consecutive days.

  1. A lawful animal event (such as a show or sporting event).
  2. Lawful hunting activities, if reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog.
  3. While a dog is actively engaged in shepherding or herding livestock.
  4. When meeting the requirements of a camping or recreation facility.
  5. Law enforcement activities.
  6. After taking possession of a dog that appears to be a stray dog and after having advised the Police Department of the stray.

(c) Types of permitted tethers. During periods of lawful tethering, the following are stipulations to the types of tethers that may be used:

(1) Tethers must be made of rope, twine, cord, or similar material with a swivel on one end or must be made of a chain that is at least ten feet in length with swivels on both ends and which does not exceed ten percent of the dog’s body weight.

(2) All collars or harnesses used for the purpose of the lawful tethering of a dog must be made of fabric or leather.

(3) No person shall tether a dog with a chain or wire or other device to, or cause such attachment to, any collar other than a buckle-type collar or body harness.

(4) No person shall tether with a chain or a wire or other device to, or cause such attachment to, a head harness, choke-type collar or pronged collar to a dog.

(5) No person shall tether with a chain, wire or other device to a dog where the weight of the tethering device and the collar combined exceeds ten percent of the dog’s body weight.

(6) No person shall tether with a chain or wire or other device a dog in such a manner that does not allow the dog access to adequate food, water and shelter.

(7) Trolley systems: the length of the cable along which the tethering device can move must be at least ten feet, and the tethering device must be of such length that the dog is able to move ten feet away from the cable perpendicularly and attached in such a manner as to prevent strangulation or other injury to the dog and entanglement with objects.

(8) No person shall tether a sick, diseased and/or injured dog, or puppy (a dog that is one year of age or younger).

(d) Penalty. A violation of this section shall subject the offender to a penalty as set forth.

(1) First offense: Written warning.

(2) Second offense: $100 (if the dog is not spayed or neutered, the civil penalty may be voided in lieu of the owner having the dog spayed or neutered by a veterinarian and providing documented proof of such to the Police Department within 14 days).

(3) Third offense: $250.

(4) Forth and subsequent offenses: Violators shall be guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor and shall be punished and shall be fined not more than $500.

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