City of Fort Wayne – A change to the city animal care ordinance now specifies when dogs may be tethered outside. It also bans tethering dogs outside that have not been spayed or neutered.


By ordinance:

1. Dogs in Fort Wayne may not be tethered outside between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Dogs may be kept outside in a secure fenced yard or kennel with proper shelter.

2. No dog that hasn’t been spayed or neutered may be tethered outside at anytime day or night. Dogs may be kept outside in a secure fenced yard or kennel with proper shelter. Dogs housed inside an unheated garage must have a proper shelter inside the garage during cold weather.

3. A spayed or neutered dog may be tethered outside between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. providing they always have access to a proper shelter located on dry ground free of mud. The required six foot lead may not reach within three feet of another property, public thoroughfare, or right of way.

4. No more than three altered dogs are allowed to be tethered at the same time between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. on one property. Multiple dogs may not have contact with each other while they are tethered.


For additional information citizens can contact Animal Care & Control at 427-1244 or visit the shelter website at

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