Map of State Dog Tethering Laws

Label code (short name, no spaces)Label descriptive nameColor (Hex code, e.g. #80BFB9)
Label-1State with no law#8C510A
state_tetherState with tethering law#01665E
Map data: 
StateURL (relative path, e.g. /statute/name-of-page)Label code (must match Label code from Label creation table)
AlabamaLabel-1
AlaskaLabel-1
ArizonaLabel-1
ArkansasLabel-1
California/statute/ca-dog-tether-%C2%A7-122335-animal-control%C2%94-%C2%93agricultural-operation%C2%94-%C2%93person%C2%94-and-%C2%93reasonablestate_tether
ColoradoLabel-1
Connecticut/statute/ct-dog-consolidated-dog-laws#s350astate_tether
Delaware/statute/de-tether-dog-chapter-9-dogsstate_tether
FloridaLabel-1
GeorgiaLabel-1
Hawaii/statute/hi-cruelty-hawaii-cruelty-animals-provisions-chapter-711#s1109state_tether
IdahoLabel-1
Illinois/statute/il-cruelty-generally-consolidated-cruelty-statutes-humane-care-animals-act#sec70_3state_tether
Indiana/statute/cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s05state_tether
IowaLabel-1
KansasLabel-1
KentuckyLabel-1
Louisiana/statute/la-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s102_26state_tether
Maine/statute/me-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s3972state_tether
Maryland/statute/md-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s623state_tether
Massachusetts/statute/ma-dog-consolidated-dog-laws#s174Estate_tether
Michigan/statute/mi-cruelty-neglect-chapter-750-michigan-penal-code-michigan-penal-codestate_tether
MinnesotaLabel-1
MississippiLabel-1
MissouriLabel-1
MontanaLabel-1
NebraskaLabel-1
Nevada/statute/nv-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s100state_tether
New HampshireLabel-1
New JerseyLabel-1
New MexicoLabel-1
New YorkLabel-1
North Carolina/statute/nc-cruelty-article-47-cruelty-animals#s362_3state_tether
North DakotaLabel-1
OhioLabel-1
OklahomaLabel-1
Oregon/statute/or-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s343state_tether
Pennsylvania/statute/pa-cruelty-%C2%A7-5536-tethering-unattended-dogstate_tether
Rhode Island/statute/ri-dogs-consolidated-dog-laws#s13_42state_tether
South CarolinaLabel-1
South DakotaLabel-1
Tennessee/statute/tn-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s202state_tether
Texas/statute/tx-cruelty-chapter-821-treatment-and-disposition-animals#s76state_tether
UtahLabel-1
Vermont/statute/vt-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s352state_tether
Virginia/statute/va-dogs-consolidated-dog-laws#s6500state_tether
WashingtonLabel-1
West Virginia/statute/wv-cruelty-consolidated-cruelty-statutes#s19state_tether
WisconsinLabel-1
WyomingLabel-1
Summary: As of 2017, about twenty-one states have laws that limit or otherwise control how owners can tether their dogs. Tethering or chaining a dog under most state laws means that a person ties a dog with a rope or line to a stationary object. While the laws themselves vary from state to state, they do have several consistent features. Some laws that address tethering allow a dog to be tethered for a reasonable period of time. Other states include tethering as part of their anti-cruelty chapters. Indiana defines “neglect” as restraining an animal for more than a brief period in a manner that endangers the animal's life or health by the use of a rope, chain, or tether. Some states specify the manner as to how a dog must be tethered or chained (i.e., that a tether must be at least 6 feet long or at least 3 times the length of the dog as measured from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail). This map gives links to these laws.