Swepsonville Living

Tethering Ordinance

  1. It shall be unlawful to tether a dog in any manner except specifically identified as:
         a.   Any activity where a dog is temporarily tethered for a duration of time that
               does not exceed two (2) hours in a 24-hour period;
         b.  Lawful animal events (such as a show or sporting event);
         c.  Lawful hunting activities, if reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog;
         d.  While a dog is actively engaged in shepherding or herding livestock:
         e.  Law enforcement activities;
         f.   Camping or other recreation where tethering is required by the camping or
              recreational area where the dog is located;
         g.  After taking possession of a dog that appears to be a stray dog and after
               having advised animal control authorities of the capture of dog, tether and
              restrain the dog in accordance with the provisions for a period not to exceed
              seven (7) days.

  2. During periods of lawful tethering, the length of the cable along which the     tethering device can move must be at least ten (10) feet, and the tethering device must be of such length that the dog is able to move ten (10) feet away from the cable perpendicularly and attached in such a manner as to prevent strangulation or other injury to the dog and entanglement with objects.  Lawful tethers must be made of rope, twine, cord or similar material with a swivel on both ends and which does not exceed ten (10) percent of the dog’s body weight.     Pulley, running line or trolley systems must be at least ten (10)     feet in length and less than seven (7) feet above the ground. No person shall tether a dog in such a manner that does not allow the dog access to adequate food, water and shelter.

  3. Violations of this section shall subject the owner to a penalty as follows except that a second offense citation may be waived if satisfactory evidence is presented within 14 days of such citation that the animal has been spayed or neutered:

First Offense -

Second Offense -

Third Offense -


Fourth and Subsequent Offense -

written warning to owner of the violation with ten (10)

days’ notice to comply with the ordinance.
fine of $100.00 per day, payable to the Town of

Swepsonville, for each day that the owner is in violation

fine of $250.00 per day, payable to the Town of Swepsonville, for each day that the owner is in violation

fine of $500.00 payable to the Town of Swepsonville and seizure of the animal


  1. Each day a violation of this section continues shall constitute a separate offense. In addition to or in lieu of the foregoing remedies, violations of this ordinance may be enforced by a member of the Alamance County Sheriff’s Department or other
    employee designated by the city manager/mayor through any one or more of the
    remedies authorized by the provisions of G.S. 14-4, G.S. 14-360 et seq., G.S. 19a-1 et seq., or G.S. 160A-175.

  2. This ordinance shall become effective on August 16, 2016.


This ordinance is hereby enacted and shall be the Tethering Ordinance for the Town
    of Swepsonville.


Adopted this the 16th day of August, 2016.