ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  New guidelines have been issued by the St. Louis City Commissioner of Health which they say will put a stop to the abusive practice of using truck, tractor or hardware chains to restrain animals

The Board of Health voted unanimously Monday to authorize the Commissioner of Health to issue an order mandating the type and design specifications of chains used to restrain animals.

“Animal cruelty will not be tolerated in the City of St Louis,” said Health Director Pamela Rice Walker. “We encourage all residents to report illegal chaining and animal abuse by contacting the Citizens’ Service Bureau at (314) 622-4800 or or by calling the Stray Rescue’s animal abuse hot line at (314) 771-6121, ext 232.  The City will respond to anonymous calls.”

This action strengthens an existing City ordinance that defines tethering as “attaching a dog or cat to a stationary object or pulley run by means of a chain, rope, tether, cable, or similar restraint.”

The Ordinance also requires the tether to be at least fifteen feet in length with a swivel at both ends, and prohibits using a metal chain, tether, or metal wire grossly in excess of the size necessary to restrain the animal safely.

Animal owners/guardians or persons who are found violating the new animal restraint law will be fined $100 and given one week to replace the chain.

Failure to comply will result in an additional $100 fine and the person could be subject to prosecution for animal abuse.

The change take effect immediately and Animal Care and Control Officers have been directed by the Commissioner of Health to conduct neighborhood sweeps over the next two weeks to identify and fine violators.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (4)
  1. Laura Aldridge says:

    Very pleased to hear about this long overdue ordinance. It’s a no-brainer, treat those the way you want to be treated, no matter what form of species you are. HOpefully,all citizens, not just in the City of St. Louis, will use safer, humane ways to restrain their pets, with access to food, water & shelter. Those that still refuse to comply MUST be reported and fined or prosecuted to the full extent of the law. No exceptions

  2. B.W. says:

    I am a casual pet owner. They are family FRIENDS They ARE to be treated humanely. They ARE animals while somewhat conditioned to live indoors not naturally born to do so. My dog spends enough time inside to get sufficient food and water. He has access to shelter and water in the time that he is outside unsupervised. I tether my dog because he found that he could jump the fence and I feel it is not safe for him to do so. Help protect the animals that are not cared for. There are worse homes than mine for pet to be a part of.

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