Animal Writes
From 7 August 2005 Issue

Los Angeles Bans Tethering

The first big city to ban pass such a ban, LA City Council passed a vote this week that bans tethering in the City of Los Angeles. LA Animal Services has made this a top priority and worked on presenting this to Council for more than two years. We have seen an accumulation of complaints on dogs that have been tethered inhumanely, and a dog that is tethered is three times more likely to bite than a dog that is not. "These were unacceptable conditions and bad odds," states General Manager Guerdon Stuckey. "So LA Animal Services set out to pass an ordinance that would ban tethering, and we did."

Such complaints that the Department received for tethering were entanglement, dog hanging itself, no access to food, water and shelter and dogs that had the collars imbedded in their necks that were in need of medical treatment, therefore the ban on tethering. The municipal code that was passed today clearly defines that a dog must not be tethered. It does have caging requirements if needed. The law also has a provision, that you can tether your dog if you are completing a temporary task, like repairing your fence, a party, the gardener, etc. but also is very clear on how to tether your dog. For example, length must be three times the length of the dog and it must be with a body harness free from entanglement with access to food, water and shelter at all times. "This is a great accomplishment for LA Animal Services," states Commander David Diliberto.

A violation of this Section may be punishable as either an infraction or a misdemeanor at the sole discretion of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

The maximum penalty for a conviction of this Section as an infraction is a fine of $250.00. The maximum penalty for a conviction of this Section as a misdemeanor is a fine of $1,000.00, imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not more than six months, or by both a fine and imprisonment.

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