Tethering Ordinance in Effect Now

Amended Section 7.3.1 of the City of Dallas animal ordinance is now in effect.  It prohibits tethering of dogs except in specific instances (see below).  Report violaters by calling 3-1-1. 

The ordinance specifies the following:

  • Requires that no dog be tethered unless it is in the immediate possession and control of its owner. An exception will be made if the dog is properly tethered for a period no longer than necessary for the owner to complete a temporary task.
  • If and when a dog is tethered it must be tethered in a manner that does not allow the dog to leave the owner’s premises; does not allow the dog to become entangled; and allows the dog access to food, water and appropriate shelter. Also, the dog must be properly fitted with a harness or collar and the tethering device must be attached to that harness or collar and not directly to the dog’s neck. The tethering device must be a minimum of 10 feet in length and strong enough to prohibit the dog from escaping.

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