Vicksburg’s new tether law will cost you $300 per day – here’s what you need to know

A new pet tethering law goes into effect in Vicksburg and includes fines of up to $300 per day. Here’s what you need to know:

The new law includes a provision for a deputized animal control officer, who can write a Reed Act citation without waiting for the VPD to arrive.

The purpose of this law is to prevent animal abuse through esoteric methods of restraining animals. You are responsible for keeping your dog on your property, but you are also responsible for keeping him safe with food, water, and shelter. The actual law states:

Sec. 4-45. Dog leash.

No person shall, at any time while the dog is on the owner’s premises, secure, chain, chain or tie the dog, or secure the dog to a fixed object or chain the dog. may not be tied, chained, or tied down. On the premises of the landlord of the dog owner or any person who owns, charges, stores or controls such dog. unless such restraint consists of a chain, wire cable, or similar restraint attached to a swivel or pulley. Please keep your dog only within secure premises and do not allow your dog to jump over fences or railings. The leash must be long enough to keep the dog safe, positioned to prevent entanglement with other objects, and to allow free and constant access to water, food, and shelter. The collar used to attach the dog to the tether must not be of the choke type. No tie-out shall involve restraints less than 10 feet in length. Logging chains or tow chains must not be used to chain, tether, or tie dogs. Also, the weight of the restraint used must be less than 1/8 of the dog’s total weight.

The following part is not new, but it shows what happens if you do not follow the above laws

Sec. 4-47. Penalties for violation of Article 5.

Unless a penalty is specifically provided for in this section, any person who fails to comply with or violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not more than three hundred dollars. $300.00). Each day is considered a separate violation.

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