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Tethering Law in Lynchburg, Virginia

March 26, 2019

Dogs may not be tethered between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Dogs who are sick or injured, younger than 4 months, or in estrus may not be tethered.

Sec. 7-42.Tethering restrictions.

(a) Definition—For the purposes of this section, “tethering” means the use of a rope, chain, or the like, by which an animal is fastened to a fixed object so as to limit its range of movement. Tethering includes the use of a “run-line” in which a wire, or the like, is placed above ground, is tied off between two fixed points, and a lead is suspended from the run-line to the collar or the harness of a dog which allows the dog to run from point to point.

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly allow, condone, or participate in the tethering of a dog under any of the following conditions:

(1) Between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

(2) If the dog is sick or injured.

(3) If the dog is “in heat.”

(4) If the dog is under the age of four (4) months.

(5) if the dog is tethered in a manner that is reasonably likely to cause the dog’s injury, strangulation or entanglement on fences, trees, or other physical obstacles.

(c) The city’s animal warden, deputy animal wardens, and police officers shall enforce this



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