Dog Chaining Measure Considered

Richmond is considering a new measure that would limit how long a pet can be chained up.

It's being called an anti-chaining law and it would limit the time pets can be chained to just one hour a day.

Animal experts say chaining dogs for long periods can lead to aggressive behavior or even death.

Councilman Doug Conner has proposed the law. Conner's proposed law would make it illegal to chain or tether a dog for more than one hour in a 24-hour period. Dog owners would also be required to give their pets adequate space to live.

Richmond's proposal is modeled after tether laws in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, though those cities give owners three hours to chain their dogs.

Richmond officials will likely vote on the law in September. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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