Animal advocates worried about cold weather, city tether law compliance


By Jeff Forward - [email protected]



Lima’s ordinance, Lima Ohio Ordinances 618.12 — went into effect on Nov. 8, 2021, and regulates how residents tether a dog and the times the animal is left outside.

Lima’s ordinance, Lima Ohio Ordinances 618.12 — went into effect on Nov. 8, 2021, and regulates how residents tether a dog and the times the animal is left outside.


With freezing temperatures predicted for the Lima region this weekend, local animal rights activists and dog lovers are worried some dogs may be left outside in the frigid temperatures in violation of Lima’s new tethering ordinance.

With freezing temperatures predicted for the Lima region this weekend, local animal rights activists and dog lovers are worried some dogs may be left outside in the frigid temperatures in violation of Lima’s new tethering ordinance.


LIMA — With continued freezing temperatures predicted for the Lima region this weekend, local animal rights activists and dog lovers are worried some dogs may be left outside in the frigid temperatures in violation of Lima’s new tethering ordinance.

The ordinance — Lima Ordinances 618.12 — went into effect on Nov. 8, 2021, and regulates how residents tether a dog and the times the animal is left outside.

The new city law was debated for months by Lima council, leading to its passage last fall.

Lima Police Department Maj. Ron Holman, commander of the city’s patrol division, said in a telephone interview that most dog owners in the city are in compliance with the ordinance and only a “few” incidents of alleged violations of the new ordinance have been investigated since November.

“Most people are compliant. Obviously, inclement weather like what is predicted can be harmful to an animal’s well-being,” Holman said. “We advise residents to try not to leave (dogs) outside any longer than necessary for them to do their business.”

The ordinance lists a range of situations that are regulated, including the type, length and weight of tether or restraint; the location of the tethered animal in proximity to a fence or property line; whether or not the animal can access food and water; and the times of day and hours a dog can be tethered outside throughout the year.

Of concern to numerous animal welfare advocates who contacted The Lima News about the ordinance were restrictions on the time a dog can be tethered outside in light of the extreme cold in the forecast.

The city ordinance prohibits leaving a domestic animal outside from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. year-round. From Oct. 1 through March 31, no domestic animal can be tethered outside from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those rules equate to very limited outside tether time for dogs in the winter months, leaving only the periods of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for outside tethering.

Allen County Dog Warden Julie Shellhammer said her office does not enforce the city’s ordinance, but she hopes that all residents — county or city — follow the law for the health and welfare of their animals.

“It is Lima’s law, and I cannot speak for them. We do not enforce (the ordinace), only state law,” Shellhammer said. “It is sad. I’ve been on TV three times in the past 24 hours talking about cold weather and how to keep safe.”

Shellhammer said her office is mainly focused on enforcing Ohio Revised Code Chapter 955, which she said regulates dog licenses, dogs running with no leash and dog bites, among other issues. She said the Humane Society enforces Ohio Revised Code Chapter 959, which deals with animal cruelty complaints, including dogs with no food, water, shelter or which are being severely neglected.

Holman said any resident who wishes to report a violation of the tethering ordinance should call the city’s non-emergency response telephone line, 419-227-4444, to report alleged violations. He stressed tipsters do not call 9-1-1, as that is only for more serious crimes and emergencies.

“If we get an allegation a dog has been left outside longer than the times (in the ordinance), or it is outside after the curfew times, we’ll send someone out and investigate and possibly issue a citation. We do our best,” Holman said.

Lima’s ordinance, Lima Ohio Ordinances 618.12 — went into effect on Nov. 8, 2021, and regulates how residents tether a dog and the times the animal is left outside.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_Lima-tether-ordinance-part-1.jpgLima’s ordinance, Lima Ohio Ordinances 618.12 — went into effect on Nov. 8, 2021, and regulates how residents tether a dog and the times the animal is left outside.
With freezing temperatures predicted for the Lima region this weekend, local animal rights activists and dog lovers are worried some dogs may be left outside in the frigid temperatures in violation of Lima’s new tethering ordinance.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_AP96100204551-1-.jpgWith freezing temperatures predicted for the Lima region this weekend, local animal rights activists and dog lovers are worried some dogs may be left outside in the frigid temperatures in violation of Lima’s new tethering ordinance.

By Jeff Forward

[email protected]

Post navigation