New California Law that Prohibits the Tethering of Dogs

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2007-02-01 12:30

Mono County Animal Control would like to advise all dog owners and caretakers in the County that the State of California has enacted a law restricting the "tethering" of dogs. The new law, which takes effect January 1, 2007, makes it illegal for a person to "tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog to a dog house, tree, fence, or any other stationary object."

The new law contains a number of exceptions to this general prohibition on tethering.

First, it does not prohibit a dog from being attached to a "running line, pulley, or trolley system," as long as the dog is not connected to the system by a choke or pinch collar.

Nor does the law prohibit the tethering of a dog in a campground or recreational area if required by the rules of the campground or recreational area.

Also, the law allows a person tot tether a dog for a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 3 hours in a 24-hour period, in order to complete a temporary task, and to tether a dog in connection with an activity conducted pursuant to a license issues by the State of California.

Finally, the law permits a person to tether a dog while engaged in an activity directly related to shepherding, herding livestock, or cultivating agricultural products.

A violation of this new anti-tethering law constitutes an infraction or misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. A person convicted on an infraction will have to pay a fin of up to $250 for each dog illegally tethered, while a person convicted of a misdemeanor will have to pay a fine of up to $1000 for each dog illegally tethered and, in addition, may be sentenced to up to six months in the county jail.

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