WILLOWICK, Ohio — Willowick may join several other local cities in regulating the tethering of pets.
Mentor, Eastlake, Willoughby and Akron passed tethering laws last year. Cleveland passed one in 2012 and Lyndhurst in 2013.
Last March, State Rep. John Barnes Jr. introduced a similar bill in Columbus. It was sent to the agriculture and rural development committee and has languished there ever since. Several states have such laws already, including Indiana and Illinois.
A first violation would be a minor misdemeanor. A second violation would be a fourth-degree misdemeanor and a third or more would be a first-degree misdemeanor. Any violation involving sickening or injuring the pet also would be first-degree misdemeanor.
§ 603.091 Neglect of Animals
(a) No owner or keeper of a dog, cat, or other domestic animal shall cause any condition that may lead to permanent injury, death, or harm to such animal, including confining an animal in a motor vehicle under any conditions that may endanger the well being of the domestic animal.
(b) No person shall keep any animal in a place that is unsanitary, including any place where there is an accumulation of feces or other waste, or foul odor, or insect or rodent infestation.
(c) No person who owns or keeps an animal shall fail to provide the animal all of the following needs:
(1) Clean, potable drinking water at all times, and suitable food, of sufficient quality and quantity as to ensure normal growth and the maintenance of normal body weight;
(2) Food and water receptacles that are kept clean and disinfected, and located so as to avoid contamination by feces or other wastes;
(3) Regular exercise sufficient to maintain the animal’s good health;
(4) Necessary veterinary care;
(5) Shelter from the elements, including heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or excessive direct sunlight. If the animal is housed outside, a structure for shelter and protection must be provided that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of that animal. The structure must be completely enclosed and insulated, having a single entrance/exit secured with a flap or door or similar device. The structure shall be moisture-resistant, wind-resistant, and of suitable size and type to allow the animal to stand, turn about freely, lie in a normal position, and regulate proper body temperature. The structure shall be made of a durable material with a solid, moisture-proof floor and a floor raised at least two (2) inches from the ground. Suitable drainage shall be provided so that water cannot be reasonably expected to gather and stand within ten (10) feet of the structure, and so the animal has access to a dry area at all times. Proper bedding of straw or similar material, that remains dry, must be utilized inside the structure. All structures required by this section shall be subject to all building and zoning regulations.
(d) No person who shelters an animal from the elements by means of an animal shelter, a cage, or a pen shall fail to conform it to the following requirements:
(1) The shelter, cage or pen shall be appropriate to the animal’s size, weight, and other characteristics, with sufficient space to allow the animal to turn about freely and lie in a normal position;
(2) The shelter, case or pen shall provide sufficient shade to allow the animal to escape the direct rays of the sun at all times;
(3) The shelter, cage or pen shall be regularly cleaned and sanitized.
(e) Whoever violates this section is guilty of neglect of animals, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(Ord. No. 1572-14. Passed 12-8-14, eff. 12-10-14)
§ 603.092 Tethering Animals
§ 603.092 Tethering Animals
(a) No person shall tether an animal in any of the following circumstances:
(1) For more than six (6) hours total in a twenty-four (24) hour period and not more than two (2) consecutive hours with no less than a one (1) hour period between tetherings;
(2) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.;
(3) If a heat or cold advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or the National Weather Service;
(4) If a severe weather warning has been issued by a local or state authority or the National Weather Service;
(5) If the tether is less than twenty (20) feet in length;
(6) If the tether allows the animal to touch the fence or cross the property line or cross onto public property;
(7) If the tether is attached by means of a pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type collar or if the collar is unsafe or is not properly fitted;
(8) If the tether may cause injury or entanglement;
(9) If the animal is not provided with its needs as identified in division (b) of Section 603.091
(10) If the tether is made of a material that is unsuitable for the animal’s size and weight or that causes any unnecessary discomfort to the animal;
(11) If no owner or occupant is present at the premises.
(b) As used in this section, “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.
(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first offense, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on the second offense, and a misdemeanor of the first degree on the third or any subsequent offense. Notwithstanding the foregoing penalties, if an animal becomes sick or injured as a result of a violation of this section, then whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Bay Village Animal Ordinances:
Animals and Fowl
Dogs, cats and other animals running at large.
Animals prohibited in the City.
Annual registration of dogs; tags required.
Killing or injuring animals.
Cruelty to animals generally.
Cruelty to companion animals.
Rabies vaccination of dogs required.
Unsanitary conditions: odors.
Nuisance conditions prohibited.
Barking or howling animals.
Animal bites; reports and quarantine.
Coloring rabbits or baby poultry; sale or display of poultry.
Report of escape of exotic or dangerous animal.
Dangerous and vicious dogs.
Determination of dangerous and vicious dogs.
Registration of dangerous or vicious dogs.
Insurance for vicious dogs.
Restraint of dangerous or vicious dogs.
Serious physical harm by dangerous or vicious dogs.
Physical harm by dangerous or vicious dogs.
Impoundment: destruction of dogs.
Feeding of deer prohibited.
See sectional histories for similar State law
Owner or keeper liable for damages – see Ohio R.C. 951.10
Dog registration – see Ohio R.C. 955.01