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New Pet Ordinances In Marion County

James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT

June 10, 2016

Are you familiar with the new legal requirements that Indianapolis Marion County residents need to know about their pets? When it gets hot in Indianapolis there is a new law that became effective in September 2015 that pet owners will need to take notice of regarding their furry friends. New rules regarding tethering, enclosure sizes, shelter requirements, and special requirements for extreme weather are now in effect for this summer. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control is responsible for enforcing the ordinances, and can fine violators, or impound the pet.

Here are the pertinent factors that the law addresses:

Extreme Weather Rules
Dogs must be brought inside a temperature controlled building if:

  1. The temperature outside is 90 degrees and above
  2. The temperature outside is 20 degrees or below
  3. If there is a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service
  4. If there is a wind chill warning issued by the National Weather Service
  5. If there is a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service

Tethering Rules
It is against the law to chain your dog if:

  1. Your dog is less than 6 months old
  2. Your dog is sick or injured
  3. It is between 11 pm and 6 am
  4. Your dog is not spayed or neutered, unless your dog is within eyesight

Pen or Fenced Enclosure Requirements

  1. Dogs must have adequate space for exercise; at least 100 square feet
  2. Each additional dog within an enclosure requires an additional 50 square feet
  3. Any dog over 80 pounds must have 150 square feet

Shelter Requirements
Dogs must have access to:

  1. A shelter constructed of solid, weather resistant materials
  2. A dry floor raised above the ground
  3. A roof sloped away from the entrance

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