Washington State has the following law
with regard to the tethering of dogs:
- Any dog that is restrained outside by a tether must only be restrained for a period of time that is not reckless and in compliance with this section.
- The dog shall not be tethered in a manner that results, or could reasonably result, in the dog becoming frequently entangled on the restraint or another object.
- If there are multiple dogs tethered, each dog must be on a separate tether and not secured to the same fixed point.
- The tether must allow the dog to sit, lie down, and stand comfortably without the restraint becoming taut and allow the dog a range of movement.
- A dog shall not be tethered if it is ill, suffering from a debilitation disease, injured, in distress, in the advanced stages of pregnancy, or under six months of age.
- A tethered dog must have access to clean water and necessary shelter that is safe and protective while tethered. The shelter and water vessel must be constructed or attached in such a way that the dog cannot knock over the shelter or water vessel.
- A dog shall not be tethered in a manner that results in the dog being left in unsafe or unsanitary conditions or that forces the dog to stand, sit, or lie down in its own excrement or urine.
- A dog shall not be tethered by means of a choke, pinch, slip, halter, or prong-type collar, or by any means other than with a properly fitted buckle-type collar or harness that provides enough room between the collar or harness and the dogs’ throat to allow normal breathing and swallowing.
- The weight of the tether shall not unreasonably inhibit the free movement of the dog within the area allowed by the length of the tether.
- The dog shall not be tethered in a manner that causes the dog injury or pain
Exemptions to the tethering law,
provided in the RCW 16.52, are allowed in the following situations:
ENFORCEMENT and PENALITIES
- The dog is tethered while it is receiving medical care or treatment under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or being groomed.
- The dog is participating temporarily in an exhibition, show, contest or other event in which the skill, breeding or stamina of the dog is being judged or examined.
- The dog is being kept temporarily at a camping or recreation area.
- The dog is being cared for temporarily after having been picked up as a stray or as part of a rescue operation.
- The dog is being transported in a motor vehicle or temporarily restrained or tied after being unloaded from a motor vehicle.
- The dog is being trained or used by a federal, state or local law enforcement agency or military or national guard unit.
- The dog is in the physical presence of the person who owns, keeps or controls the dog.
of this law:
- Each incident involving a violation of SSB5356 is considered a separate offense.
- The first offense shall result in a correction warning being issued requiring the offense to be corrected by the person who owns, keeps or controls the dog within seven days of the date of the warning.
- The second offense is a Class 2 Civil Infraction under Washington State RCW 7.08.120(1)(b).
- The third or subsequent offense is a Class 1 Civil Infraction under Washington State RCW 7.08.120 (1) (a).