CLEVELAND — The Cleveland City Council approved amendments to the animal tethering ordinance Monday.
The changes were made to address health and safety concerns of animals that are left outside in harmful conditions.
The council says the idea to amend the existing ordinance came directly from a concerned citizen.
“Council’s action to amend this law came as a direct request from a resident in my community. His concern for dogs he sees tied out in all elements around the clock led us to take the necessary steps in providing better welfare for the animals who call Cleveland home.” said Councilman Terrell Pruitt.
According to Cleveland City Council, the new changes state animal owners may not tie up or otherwise restrain an animal outdoors under the following circumstances:
- For more than 6 hours total in a 24-hour period and not more than 2 consecutive hours with no less than a one-hour period between tetherings;
- Between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.;
- If a heat or cold advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or the National Weather Service;
- If a severe weather warning has been issued by a local or state authority or the National Weather Service;
- If the tether is less than 20 feet in length;
- If the tether allows the animal to touch the fence or cross the property line or cross onto public property;
- If the tether is attached by means of a pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type collar or if the collar is unsafe or is not properly fitted;
- If the tether may cause injury or entanglement;
- If the animal is not provided with its needs.
- If the tether is made of a material that is unsuitable for the animal’s size and weight or that causes any unnecessary discomfort to the animal.
The city also says animal owners face charges for violating the new rules. Pet owners with animals that become injured or sick as a result of these circumstances face a first degree misdemeanor. Animal owners caught violating these new rules for the first time face a minor misdemeanor, a fourth degree misdemeanor for the second offense and a first degree misdemeanor for three or more offenses.