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What is the law on keeping animals tied outside 24/7?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 16, 2017 11:55 am Updated: Oct. 16, 2017 12:04 pm

What is the law regarding keeping an animal tied outside 24/7 within Quincy's city limits? Didn't they recently change it?

The city of Quincy does not have a time restriction on animal tethering, but there are requirements on how an animal may be tethered.

"We have no laws about time," said Steve Scherer, Quincy animal control officer. "There are some cities that do."

These rules were last adjusted in 2014, when the City Council enacted additional pet-owner responsibilities.

Scherer said the rules for tethering include the requirement that the animal be on at least a 10-foot chain or cable that cannot be too heavy for the size of the animal. A sufficient amount of food and water needs to be available.

"You have to have it tethered in a way it can't be strangled," Scherer said. "You don't want a long tether close to a fence, because if a dog happens to jump over the fence, it can hang itself."

The ordinance requires that animals must be tethered with a properly fitting harness or collar other than the lead, and pinch-, prong- or choke-type collars are not allowed. The tethering cannot allow the animal to get to another property or a public sidewalk or road.

Shelter from the elements must be provided for the animal, and the shelter must be properly cleaned. It must provide a solid surface, mat or pad the animal can lie on.

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