Proposed Tethering Law

One of the most frequent complaints received by the Village is in regards to barking dogs!  Not too long ago, a resident sent me information pertaining to the tethering of dogs outside and asked if the Village could pursue such legislation.  I am pleased to report that the Laws & Rules Committee of Council has been reviewing proposed tethering legislation and the Committee intends to forward an ordinance to the full Council next month for their consideration.

Under the new law, a dog could not be tethered outside:

1)         for more than six (6) hours in a twenty-four (24) hour period;

2)         between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am;

3)         when the owner or keeper is not home;

4)         in any area where there is an accumulation of feces or other waste, insect infestation, rodent infestation, foul odor, or another unsanitary or dangerous condition within the radius of the tether;

5)         or if there is a heat or cold advisory or a severe weather warning.

There are other stipulations, as well.  For example, a tether could be no shorter than 10 feet in length, or less than four times the length of the dog’s body.  The dog must not be able to cross a property line.

All too often when the Police respond to a barking dog call, the dog is either no longer out or is no longer barking.  To take any action the Police must be able to witness/hear the dog barking.  However, with the new law, if it is between the hours of 10 PM and 7 AM, there is an obvious violation and it will not be necessary to hear the dog barking.

The new law will also protect “man’s best friend” from careless neglect in severe weather.