- City of HastingsHastings City Council
Pass and enforce anti-tethering and humane animal treatment laws
In every city there are repeat offenders who always have neglected dogs in their backyard, but the dogs aren't neglected enough for an Animal Control to bring cruelty charges.
An anti-chaining ordinance will give law enforcement the ability to cite these repeat offenders and end the cycle of neglect. After similar ordinances have been passed in other cities, people who had chained and neglected their dogs for years finally gave up their dogs. For the first time in years, their yards are empty of hungry, flea-bitten, chained dogs who were a constant source of worry to the neighborhood.
- Hastings City Council
City of Hastings
We are requesting amendments to the Hastings City Ordinances, to wit Section 91, General Provisions on Animal Housing and Treatment, as to the prohibition of tethering and minimum standards for animal housing and care. The suggested language would be similar, but not limited, to the following:
Dogs on cables or tethers; improper confinement.
(1) Dogs and cats shall not be chained, tied, fastened or otherwise tethered as sole means for confinement to property. The continuous maintenance of a dog on a chain, rope or other kind of tether is abnormally restrictive and stressful and often results in health and temperament problems. In most cases, such long term confinement will cause the dog to suffer unnecessarily.
(2) An individual found chaining or tethering an animal in violation of this section has 30 days to provide other means of confinement, as long as other conditions of confinement and care are being met. The grace period is null and void immediately if the owner, at any time during the grace period, is not in compliance with other applicable laws relating to animals.
(3) As an alternative means of restraint, an animal may be attached to a running cable line or trolley system providing that:
(a) Only one animal may be attached to each running cable line or trolley system;
(b) No animal should be attached to a running cable line or trolley system for more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period;
(c) Tethers and cables attaching the animal to the running cable line or trolley system must be made of a substance which cannot be chewed by the animal and shall not weigh more than 1/18 of the body weight of the animal tethered;
(d) The running cable line or trolley system must be at least 50 feet in length and mounted at least four feet and no more than seven feet about ground level;
(e) The length of the tether from the running cable line or trolley system to the animal's collar should allow access to the maximum available exercise area and allow the animal free access to required food, water, and shelter. The tether attaching the animal to the trolley system must allow the animal complete freedom to lie down or enter shelter without strain to the neck or body.
(f) Be attached to a properly fitted harness or collar not used for the display of a current rabies tag and other identification; and 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 the purpose of tethering an animal to a running cable line or trolley system; and
(g) Be tethered at sufficient distance from any other objects to prohibit the tangling of the cable, from extending over or around an object to an edge that could result in injury of strangulation of the animal and be of sufficient distance from any fence so as to prohibit the animal access to the fence.
Minimum requirements for pens.
Dog and cat pens shall meet the following minimum requirements:
(1) The floors of pens shall be constructed of concrete or other suitable material. All pens shall be kept clean and sanitary and shall not be kept in a manner that would create a nuisance for the neighbors or neighborhood.
(2) Pens shall be sloped to a drain connected to a sanitary sewer or an approved individual sewerage system.
(3) Pens shall be equipped with a curb at least three inches high around the perimeter. The top of the curb shall be at such elevation that the surrounding surface water cannot drain into the pen.
(4) Pens shall be provided with a hose bibb and water under pressure.
(5) All dog pens shall be hosed down, thoroughly cleaned and disinfected as often as needed and in no case less than once a day.
(6) Newly constructed or replacement dog pens shall be located a minimum of ten feet from the nearest property line. Furthermore, any newly constructed or replacement pen shall be located a minimum of 50 feet from any residence other than that of the owner, unless the lot size or configuration would make this unworkable.
(7) Any dog confined within a pen must have an adequate space for exercise based on a dimension of at least 100 square feet. An additional 50 square feet per dog shall be added if more than one dog will be in the pen.
(8) The pen shall be sufficient height as to prevent the dog from escaping.
(9) The top of the pen shall be covered with materials to provide shade, and protection from the elements, and shall not hold water in the event of rain. Dog houses are required in the pen to protect each animal from rain and cold blowing in.
(10) Any dog confined to a pen shall be provided with adequate exercise.
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