Dallas Animal Services

Tethering and Confinement


All animals, including cats, must be confined at all times. This means that any animal must be restrained at all times in a fenced yard, in an enclosed pen or structure, or by a hand-held leash if in the custody of the owner unless the cat(s) belong to a Trap, Neuter and Release program.

Reference: 7-4.7 Dallas City Code

Effective February 1, 2018: 

 An owner of a dog may only tether a dog if the dog is in the owner's immediate possession and accompanied by the owner, as required by City Code, Section 7-3.1.  In addition, the owner of a tethered dog shall:

      (1)   not allow the dog to be tethered in any manner or by any method that allows the dog to become entangled or injured;

      (2)   use a properly fitted harness or collar that is specifically designed for the dog; and

      (3)   attach the tethering device to the dog's harness or collar and not directly to the dog's neck. 


Dogs that are kept outdoors require an area that is at least 150 sq ft. for each dog six (6) months of age or older. The confining structure must be constructed with materials that will not allow the dog to escape, but still provide access to its doghouse, a building or shelter.

The doghouse, building or shelter must provide protection from the elements, allow adequate room for movement and must be structurally sound.

Reference: 7-4.9 Dallas City Code