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Posted on: February 6, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Animal Tethering Ordnance

Animal safety is the top concern for Walton County Animal Control. We have the duty of enforcing tethering ordinances that were adopted in 2014 by the Walton County Board of Commissioners. We operate within the guidelines of these ordinances to ensure that we answer all safety calls both responsively and responsibly. We believe that the majority of citizens comply with our mandates; however, we investigate each concern to ensure that pet owners take the proper steps to achieve voluntary compliance. If voluntary compliance is not met, Walton County Animal Control follows the procedures as set by the law to guarantee the safety of all animals concerned. Each citizen has the right and is encouraged to report potential violations. We take all reports seriously and will continue to investigate thoroughly and as expeditiously as possible.

The tethering ordinance is written as follows: 

(e) Improper tethering. Any owner who shall cause an animal to be tethered shall do so by the use of a proper collar, harness or other acceptable restraint; by a chain or cable of adequate strength, weight and length consistent with the size and strength of the tethered animal and free from obstructions allowing the animal to access adequate food, water, and shelter. It shall be unlawful to tether an animal under the following circumstances:

(1) On vacant or uninhabited property without providing daily adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care;

(2) During any declared weather advisories, warnings, or emergencies;

(3) In a manner that prevents the animal from lying, sitting, or standing comfortably and without the restraint becoming taut;

(4) In a manner that allows the animal to become entangled on the restraint or another object;

(5) In a manner that restricts the animal's access to adequate food, water, or shelter; or

(6) In a manner that causes injury to the animal.

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