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City of LaGrange Tether Ordinance

City of LaGrange Tether Ordinance

As of December 2015, there are ordinances in place that forbid permanent tethering of a dog within the LaGrange, GA city limits.  Some of the main points and guidelines of the ordinance include:

Proper enclosures must have an adequate space for exercise based on a dimension of:

  • at least one hundred (100) square feet per each dog that weighs fewer than twenty (20) pounds and
  • two hundred (200) square feet per each dog that weighs more than twenty (20) pounds
  • Proper enclosures shall also contain appropriate shelter of sufficient size to allow each dog to stand up, turn around, and lie down.

Any dog that is housed outside of its owner’s house shall be housed in a proper enclosure

Direct point chaining or tethering of a dog is prohibited.

As a secondary means of restraint to a proper enclosure, a dog may be attached to a running cable line or trolley system providing that:

  • Only one dog may be attached to each running cable line or trolley system
  • Tethers and cables attaching the dog to the running cable line or trolley system shall not weigh more than 25% percent of the body weight of the dog
  • A running cable line or trolley system must have a swivel installed at each end and be attached to a stationary object that cannot be moved by the dog
  • The running cable line or trolley system must be at least 10 feet long and positioned far enough away from any other objects to prohibit the tangling of the cable/lead line
  • The running cable line or trolley system must not extend over an object or an edge that could result strangulation of the dog
  • The running cable line or trolley system must be of sufficient distance from any fence so as to prohibit the dog from access to the fence
  • The length of the lead line from the running cable line or trolley system to the dog’s harness should allow access to the maximum available exercise area and allow the animal free access to food, water, and shelter.
  • The lead line must be attached to a properly fitted harness not used for the display of a current rabies tag and other identification. Collars are prohibited for the purpose of securing a dog to a running cable line or trolley system.

If an electronic animal confinement system is used to confine a dog, it shall provide a properly fitted and working signal device that will be worn by the dog to be enclosed.

For the full tethering ordinance, please click here or stop by the LaGrange – Troup County Humane Society for a copy.