Manatee County considering limits on tethering of dogs

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Commission is considering limiting how residents can tether their dogs.

The commission Tuesday OK'd a motion to set a public hearing amending its animal ordinance, with the issue of how animals should be tethered included in its provisions.

The proposed animal ordinance is slated to replace sections of the current Manatee County Code.

Among its provisions are a number of tethering requirements, such as clauses designed to ensure the animal is tethered in such a way as to prevent injury, strangulation or entanglement; and that the animal is within visual range of the owner, according to county documents.

The public hearing is slated for May 8 before the Board of County Commissioners, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton.