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Casper City Council remove time limits from proposed tethering rules

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council are considering changes to the city’s animal care and control ordinance which include modifications to tethering rules.

Under the existing ordinance, it is unlawful to tether a dog for more than two hours in a 24 hour period. Metro Animal Service officers recommended changing this to allow people to tether animals for up to 10 hours in a 24 hour period to accommodate people who are unable to take time off work to let their dogs off a tether during the day.

Councilwoman Khrystyn Lutz proposed an amendment to remove the tethering time limits since some had argued rules based on time limits were difficult or impossible to enforce.

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Councilman Charlie Powell asked whether the amendment would allow dogs to “be tethered 24/7 365 days a year.”

Lutz said that areas of the ordinance protecting against cruelty to animals were sufficient to allow officers to determine that a tethering situation was harmful to an animal.

“We have plenty of other cruelty provisions in this ordinance,” she said.

Lutz’s amendment passed. Powell, Councilman Steve Cathey and Councilman Mike Huber voted against the amendment.

With the amendment, the proposed ordinance would establish the following tethering rules:

  • lines must be 3 times the animal’s body length or 8 feet long (whichever is longer)
  • tethers must not pose a risk to the animal’s safety
  • lines must not weigh more than a quarter of the animal’s body weight
  • tether must be strong enough to restrain the animal

The proposed ordinance contains a number of other changes. The council passed the ordinance on second reading. Councilman Shawn Johnson, who opposes the ordinance’s proposed ban on feeding feral cats, voted against the ordinance on second reading.

The proposed ordinance contemplates a number of revisions to the current animal care and control ordinance. Among those proposed changes are the following:

  • prohibits feeding or sheltering non-domestic animals
    • would be illegal to shelter, feed or enticing non-domestic animal onto public areas or private property (excluding use of live box traps)
    • includes feral cats, dogs and wild turkeys
    • exception for birds and squirrels
  • changes to tethering rules:
    • lines must be 3 times the animal’s body length or 8 feet long (whichever is longer)
    • tethers must not pose a risk to the animal’s safety
    • lines must not weigh more than a quarter of the animal’s body weight
    • tether must be strong enough to restrain the animal
  • requiring clean pet environments
    • “premises are free of feces and urine as to not cause offensive odors or unsanitary conditions” in an enclosure, yard or surrounding area
    • pet environment must be kept cleans so that it does not draw flies or insects which could cause illness or injury to an animal
    • environment must be free of physical hazards to the animal like broken or sharp objects
  • prohibiting tormenting or harassing confined/restrained animals
    • ban yelling in a harassing manner at animals
    • ban throwing objects at animals
    • ban making gestures or other behavior to elicit reactions or cause stress to animals
  • protecting animals in motor vehicles
    • would be illegal to leave animal in motor vehicle over 70 degrees (current limit is 60 degrees) or below freezing
      • unless animal control officer deems there is sufficient water, ventilation, heat, air conditioning and bedding
  • proper shelter protections
    • requires access to water, proper shelter at all times
      • unless animal protection officer deems the species and breed capable of maintaining safe body temp
    • shelter, bedding must be kept “reasonably clean”
  • grooming requirements
    • animal must be “reasonably groomed” to prevent skin irritation, damage or infection and to prevent entanglement of hazardous foreign bodies
  • safe transportation of animals
    • would be illegal to transport animals on hood, fender, running board or other external parts of a moving vehicles (excludes truck beds with a closed tailgate)
  • provisions regarding animal attacks
    • attack would be defined as aggressive action against another person or animal
    • if the attack occurs as a response to aggressive or violent action from a person or other animal when a pet is not on its owners property, the proposed ordinance states that this should be considered a mitigating factor by the court

Other changes include new definitions. The term “dangerous” animal would be replaced by a definition for “aggressive” animal. Under the proposed ordinance, animals which are defined as either “vicious” or “aggressive” would be illegal to possess unless:

  • the animal is properly restrained while on an owner’s property
  • when off premises the animal would have to be caged or muzzled and restrained by a secure collar and leash not longer than 3 feet

Pets which exhibit dangerous behavior could be defined as either “aggressive” or “vicious”:

  • an aggressive animal would be any animal not on an owner’s property that
    • “has attacked a domestic animal or livestock in such a manner that resulted in physical contact between the animals not necessarily requiring medical treatment to either animal” or
    • that has “chased, approached or otherwise interacted with a human being, domestic animal or livestock in an intimidating or aggressive manner”
  • a vicious animal would be any animal:
    • that has attacked a human causing injury or death
    • which is in a place it is “not legally entitled to” and attacks a domestic animal or livestock causing injury which results in visits to a veterinarian or which causes death
    • which has previously been declared an “aggressive” animal and engages in “aggressive” behavior

Further details are available in the council’s work packet.


If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:

Mayor Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601

If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.