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Police >> Programs and Services >> Animal Control >> Key Regulations >> Tethering Ordinance

Tethering Ordinance

In an effort to increase the safety of citizens and their pets, the City of Lee’s Summit has enacted an anti-tethering ordinance. The City’s Tethering Ordinance (5.151) reads as follows:

Tethering

  1. No owner, keeper, harborer, or maintainer of a dog may tether, fasten, chain or tie a dog, or allow his/her dog to be tethered, fastened, chained or tied to any permanent or temporary structure, any post attached to the ground or any permanent or temporary structure, or to any weight designed to restrict the dog’s freedom of movement to a limited are of space, except where:
    1. The tethering, fastening, chaining or tying of the dog to any structure, post or weight is temporary, and
       
    2. The tethering, fastening, chaining, or tying of the dog to any structure, post, weight is under the supervision of the owner, keeper, harborer, or maintainer or a responsible person to whom the task of supervision is delegated.
       
  2. The tethering, fastening, chaining, or tying of a dog to any structure or post shall be considered temporary only if the time the dog is tethered, fastened, chained or tied to any structure, post or weight is:
    1. No more than one half (1/2) of an hour at any one time, and
    2. No more than a total of three (3) hours within a twenty-four (24) hour period
       

Tethering Ordinance FAQ's
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1. What is meant by "chaining" or "tethering" dogs?
2. Is there a problem with continuous chaining or tethering?
3. Why is tethering dogs inhumane?
4. How else can people confine dogs?
5. Is chaining or tethering ever allowed?
6. What about attaching a dog's leash to a "pulley run"?