Palm Beach County’s New Ban on Unattended Tethering

Palm Beach County, Florida’s new anti-tethering ordinance went into effect July 1. That means no one can tether a dog to a stationary object or even a running line unless they are "with the animal and the animal is at all times visible" to that person.

There is an exception for dogs "actively" participating in a show, contest or other such event.

Dogs that are then kept in a fenced yard or enclosure for most of the day must be provided with 80 square feet of space with an additional 40 sq. feet for each dog kept in the same area. 

A violation would generally be a civil infraction with a fine up to $500.

There is a trend in the U.S. to ban unattended chaining as this new law does.