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File #: 2014-1108    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed Finally
File created: 12/2/2014 In control: Committee on Public Safety Services
On agenda: Final action: 12/15/2014
Enactment date: 12/15/2014 Enactment #: 36
Effective date: 12/17/2014    
Title: Ordinance amending the Pittsburgh City Code at Title 6: Conduct, Article III: - Dogs, Cats And Other Animals, Chapter 633 Dogs and Cats, by adding a new section at 633.23, providing for the manner by which a dog may be tethered; and, kept outdoors in severe weather conditions.
Sponsors: Darlene M. Harris
Indexes: PGH. CODE ORDINANCES TITLE 06 - CONDUCT
Attachments: 1. 2014-1108.doc, 2. 2014-1108 VERSION 2.doc
TITLE
Ordinance amending the Pittsburgh City Code at Title 6: Conduct, Article III: - Dogs, Cats And Other Animals, Chapter 633 Dogs and Cats, by adding a new section at 633.23, providing for the manner by which a dog may be tethered; and, kept outdoors in severe weather conditions.
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WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh deems it advisable for the public health and welfare of the City to provide prohibitions of the tethering of dogs and keeping of dogs outdoors within the City as further set forth below; and

WHEREAS, enactment of such an Ordinance in other jurisdictions has produced less incidents of nuisance dog barking, reduction the number of attacks on children by tethered dogs, lessened animal cruelty and promotes responsible dog ownership; and,

WHEREAS, the City now desires to adopt the following provisions related to the tethering of dogs and keeping of dogs outdoors within the City.

Now, Therefore, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh enacts as follows:

ยง 633.23 TETHERING OF DOGS; PROHIBITION OF KEEPING DOGS OUTDOORS IN EXTREME WEATHER

(1): It shall be unlawful for any person to tether, fasten, chain, tie, restrain or cause an unattended dog to be fastened, chained, tied or restrained to houses, trees, fences, garages, stakes or other stationary or highly immobile objects by means of a rope, chain, strap or other physical restraint for the purpose of confinement, except in circumstances where all of the following requirements are satisfied:

(a) The tethering is not for a longer period of time than reasonably necessary for the dog, owner or custodian to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be physically restrained; and,
(b) The tether is attached to the dog by a non-choke type collar and attached to the stationary object by swivel anchors, latches, or similar devices in a manner which prevents the tether from becoming entangled around any object so as to limit the dog's freedom within the tethered area...

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