§ 90.09 TETHERING.
   (A)   No person shall tether an animal:
      (1)   When the outside temperature, as measured on site by the Enforcement Officer, is equal to or greater than 90°F or equal to or less than 20°F;
      (2)   In such a manner as to cause injury, strangulation or entanglement on fences, trees or other human-made or natural obstacles;
      (3)   For a continuous period of time; or
      (4)   That is sick or injured.
   (B)   Animals may be restrained by means of a trolley system, or a tether attached to a pulley on a cable run, if the following conditions are met.
      (1)   Only one animal may be tethered to each cable run.
      (2)   The tether must be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the animal, with enough room between the collar and the animal's throat through which two fingers may fit. Choke collars and pinch collars are prohibited for purposes of tethering a dog to a cable run. There must be a swivel on at least one end of the tether to minimize tangling of the tether with stoppers on either side of the cable to ensure the animal is not able to entangle himself or herself.
      (3)   The tether and cable run must be of adequate size and strength to effectively restrain the animal. The size and weight of the tether must not be excessive, as determined by the Enforcement Officer, considering the age, size and health of the animal.
      (4)   The length of the tether from the cable run to the animal's collar should allow access to the maximum available exercise area and should allow continuous access to water and shelter. The trolley system must be of appropriate configuration to confine the animal to the owner's property, to prevent the tether from extending over an object or an edge that could result in injury or strangulation, and to prevent the tether from becoming tangled with other objects or animals. The tether must be long enough for the animal to move around or be able to urinate or defecate in an area separate from where it must eat, drink or lie down and allows the animal convenient access to food, water, dry ground or shelter. No vegetation or obstacles can restrict the movement of the animal on the tether.
   (C)   (1)   All tethered animals must have access to shelter which is defined as any natural or artificial area which provides protection from the direct sunlight when that sunlight is likely to cause heat exhaustion. Metal barrels as well as any uninsulated metal structures are prohibited for use as shelter.
      (2)   Animal shelter shall be a wind-proof and moisture-proof structure and shall include four walls, a roof, a door flap for winter and a solid floor raised off the ground, containing a sufficient quantity of suitable dry bedding material.
      (3)   The containment area of any shelter shall be free of accumulated debris so that the animal shall be free to walk or lie down without coming in contact with any such waste or debris. A suitable method of draining shall be provided to eliminate excess water or moisture inside the shelter.
(Ord. 316, passed 7-6-2023) Penalty, see § 90.99