Amend Miami-Dade Anti-Tethering Ordinance


Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida

This petition serves to gather support to amend Miami-Dade County’s new Anti-Tethering Ordinance. After dealing with a repeat offender over the last few months who refuses to untie his dog and does not care about the fines he has received from MDAS, I have come to conclude that this law does not have teeth it desperately needs.

Continuous tethering of a dog is an act of animal cruelty and should be treated as such.

As quoted from The Humane Society’s website:
“In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and, in the worst cases, attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights. Finally, dogs’ tethers can become entangled with other objects, which can choke or strangle the dogs to death.”

We, the undersigned believe that the Miami-Dade County Commission must amend the law as follows (full Ordinance on petition website below):

Code Section
Description of Violation
Civil Penalty
Unlawful tethering of dog – First Offense
Warning with 30 day correction period

Unlawful tethering of dog – Second Offense
$100.00 and an additional 15 day correction period.

Unlawful tethering of dog – Third Offense

Unlawful tethering of a dog – Each Subsequent Offense
$500.00 & One count of Animal Cruelty ($500 fine (plus a $10.00 surcharge) and/or imprisonment for up to 60 days).



Thank you,

Stephen P. Murray


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