Trenton city council members voted unanimously to pass a new ordinance that places several restrictions on tethering dogs in Trenton.
The ordinance was passed at Monday's Trenton City Council meeting.
A Downriver animal cruelty group called C.H.A.I.N.E.D., Continuing Helping Animals In Need & Educating Dog owners, inspired Ordinance 768, which would make it unlawful for a resident to:
- Continuously tether a dog for more than three hours per day.
- Tether a dog on a tether made of anything but a coated steel cable more than ten feet in length:
- Use a tether or any assembly or attachments, thereto to tether a dog that shall weigh more than ten percent of the the animal's body weight, or due to weight, inhibit the free movement of the animal within the area tethered; or
- Tether a dog on anything except a buckle-type collar or harness, or tethering on a choke chain around the dog's neck, or tethered to training collars such as choke or pinch-style collars, or in such a manner at to cause injury, strangulation, or entanglement of the dog on fences, trees, or other man made or natural obstacles; or
- Tether a dog without access to shade when sunlight is likley to cause overheating, or appropriate shelter to provide insulation and protection against cold and dampness when the atmospheric temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or tether a dog without securing its food and water supply so that it cannot be tipped over by the tether; or
- Tether a dog in an open area where it can be teased by persons or an open area that does not provide the dog protection from attack by other animals; or
- Tether a dog in an area composed entirely of bare earth subject to becoming wet in and muddy in the event of precipitation, and without any dry surface area or cover for protection.
- Tether a dog less than four months of age.
- Tether more than one dog to a single tether.
- Tether a dog to a stationary object with would allow a dog to come within five feet of any property line.
- Tether a dig without a swivel attached and/or equipped on both ends.
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