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Posted on: March 2, 2020

Animal Control Ordinance - New Tethering and Adequate Shelter Laws



Carroll County has an updated policy relating to humane tethering and adequate shelter of outside pets. “Tethering” means the restraint and confinement of animals by the use of a chain or similar restraint device.

The key points for using a proper device are provided below:

  • The area where an animal is tethered must be maintained in a proper, clean, and sanitary condition.
  • The area where the animal is tethered must be clear of debris and clear of any object that would entangle the chain or tether.
  • The tethered animal must have access to adequate food, water, and shelter while on the tether.
  • Adequate shelter includes a protective cover to keep a pet dry, shade to prevent a pet from overheating, and bedding to protect from extreme cold temperatures.
  • The tethering device must be attached to both the animal and an anchor using a swivel or similar devices that prevent the chain or tether from becoming entangled or twisted.
  • The chain or tether must be attached to a well-fitted collar or harness on the animal.
  • The chain or tether must be at least four (4) times the body length of the animal measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail.
  • The chain or tether must be of adequate size and strength for the animal.
  • Logging chains or such devices are prohibited.
  • A trolley system or a tether attached to a pulley in a cable run is also allowed, provided these listed conditions are met. Chaining or tethering an animal to a vehicle, dog house, tree, or pole will not be permitted.
  • The fees for civil penalties for animal neglect or animal cruelty can be up to $175.

For more information about the new policy or the services offered by Animal Services, please call (770) 834-3590.

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