Escambia Details New Animal Tethering, Shelter Ordinance
August 30, 2010
The Escambia County Commission recently adopted an ordinance amending the definitions and restrictions related to sheltering and tethering animals.
The county released the following information outlining the new regulations:
Shelters should provide unlimited access for the animal. Structures should have a roof, walls and a floor. Shelters must also be dry, sanitary, clean, weatherproof and made of durable materials. At a minimum shelters must meet these requirements:
- The size of the structure must allow the animal to stand up, turn around, lie down and stretch comfortably.
- Protect the animal from the elements, provide shade and reduce exposure to inclement weather.
- Free of standing water, accumulated waste and debris.
- Provide adequate ventilation.
- Provide a comfortable surface for the animal to lie.
Tether means to restrain an animal by tying to any stationary object or structure, including but not limited to a house, tree, fence, post, garage or shed, by any means, including but not limited to, a chain, rope, cord, leash or pulley/running line, but shall NOT include the use of a leash when walking an animal.
No animals under six months of age shall be tethered.
Those animals over six months in age can only be tethered when:
- The animal is in visible range of the responsible party.
- The tether is a minimum of six feet or is at least 5 times the length of the animal, has a swivel at both ends and does not weigh more than 1/16 of the animal’s weight.
- Overhead run/pulley line shall be at least 15 feet in length and no less than seven feet above the ground at all times.
- Tethers must be fastened to a properly fitted body harness or buckle collar made of nylon or leather.
- Tether must be free from entanglement and other obstructions at all times.
- Tethered animal shall have access to potable water, food, shelter and dry ground at all times.
- Animals shall not be tethered while sick, injured or in distress.
- Animals shall not be tethered outside during a period of extreme weather, including but not limited to, extreme heat, extreme cold, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, or hurricanes.
- Multiple animals must be tethered separately.