§ 90.29 TETHERING.
   (A)   No person shall tether a dog:
      (1)   When the outside temperature, as measured on site by the Animal Services 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 of the dog on fences, trees or other human-made or natural obstacles;
      (3)   For a continuous period of time, if the dog is under six months of age; or
      (4)   That is sick or injured.
   (B)   Dogs 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 a dog may be tethered to each cable run.
      (2)   The tether must be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the dog, with enough room between the collar and the dog’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 dog 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 dog. The size and weight of the tether must not be excessive, as determined by the Animal Services Officer, considering the age, size and health of the dog.
      (4)   The cable run must be at least ten feet in length and mounted at least four feet and no more than seven feet above ground level, taking into account uneven ground.
      (5)   The length of the tether from the cable run to the dog’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 dog to the owner’s property, to prevent the tether from extending over an object or an edge that could result in injury or strangulation of the dog, 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 dog on the tether.
   (C)   (1)   All tethered animals must have a DOG HOUSE 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 of a dog tied or kenneled outside. Metal barrels as well as any uninsulated metal structures are prohibited for use as a dog house.
      (2)   A dog house 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 dog house 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 dog house.
      (4)   (a)   A dog house shall have an entrance large enough to allow access to the dog, have an area within the dog house to afford the dog the ability to stand up, turn around and lie down, and be of proportionate size as to allow the natural body heat of the dog to be retained. Recommended dog house size specifications are:
Depth = dog’s length + 12 inches
Width = dog’s length + 18 inches
Height = dog’s height at the top of its head + 4 inches
         (b)   If kenneled, the kennel shall measure a minimum of 100 square feet per dog enclosure with the dog house specifications listed above.
(Ord. 086, passed 12-4-2008) Penalty, see § 90.99