Pocatello Animal Tethering Ordinance

Animal Tethering Ordinance
On April 23, 2012, the City of Pocatello enacted an ordinance restricting the tethering of dogs. It is very important that dog owners be aware of the details of the dog tethering ordinance. Violations of the ordinance are misdemeanors.

City Ordinance 6.04.120 -- Proper Care of Animals
It shall be unlawful for the owner/guardian of any animal to keep or maintain any animal on a fixed point tether or chain for a period of more than 3 continuous hours and no more than 6 hours combined in any 24-hour period.
Diagram illustrating how to properly tether a dog
  1. The chain or tether must be at least 10 feet in length and placed in an area to prevent the animal from becoming tangled with any item or other animal in its surrounding area or able to leave its property. The chain or tether must be situated where it prevents the animal from reaching a fence or sidewalk.
  2. No chain or tether shall weigh more than 1/8 of the animal’s body weight.
  3. Any chain or tether must have swivels on both ends and be attached to a properly fitted buckle-type collar or harness worn by the animal. Choke chains or pinch collars are prohibited for purposes of tethering an animal.
  4. Any female animal in estrus (heat) must not be chained or tethered at any time.
  5. Exception: An animal may be restrained by a chain or tether up to 8 hours, provided the chain or tether is at least 10 feet in length attached to a pulley or trolley mounted on a cable which is also at least 10 feet in length, and mounted no more than 7 feet above ground (see diagram (PDF)).
  6. Regardless of the above provisions, no animal that has been convicted of being a dangerous animal, regardless of the form of the judgment, may be chained or tethered outside and left alone for any amount of time without an adult present and the animal muzzled.