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Cleveland City Council approved amendments (Ord. 12-12) to the city’s animal tethering ordinance. The amendments, sponsored by council members Matt Zone and Terrell Pruitt, are aimed at improving the quality of life for dogs and other animals, tethered in unsafe conditions.
“Council’s action to amend this law came as a direct request from a resident in my community,” said Councilman Terrell Pruitt. “His concern for dogs he sees tied out in all elements around the clock led us to take the necessary steps in providing better welfare for the animals who call Cleveland home.”
“Tether” means a rope, chain, cord, dog run or pulley, or similar restraint for holding an animal in place, allowing a radius in which it can move about.
“Council is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of all those who call Cleveland home, including pets,” said Councilman Matt Zone. “These amendments will ensure that tethered animals do not have face inclement weather and uncomfortable conditions. They too have a right for safe living and working conditions.”
Amendments to Cleveland’s dog tethering ordinance outline that no person shall tether an animal in any of the following circumstances: