New Law Prohibits Animal Tethering In Guthrie After Rise In Calls


Thursday, July 1st 2021, 10:10 pm
By: Feliz Romero


GUTHRIE, Oklahoma -

A Guthrie woman felt she had to intervene to save a dog. It was chained up and could not get to its water bowl.

There is now a city law to prevent something similar from happening in the future.

Starting this month tethering your dog will be against the law in the city of Guthrie and there is a pricey fine.

“I heard the dog all day long, all day long and it’s starting to get hot out and I’m getting really worried,” Jaimie Weymouth said.

She has lived in Guthrie for a while but just recently started hearing the dog across the way bark.

 “I walked out of my door, came over here and I could see a dog across the street that looked like it couldn’t really move,” Weymouth said.

She said one of the issues is the lack of fences in town.

“I feel bad for owners that don’t have fences because then their dog gets stuck on the tether all the time but then there are certain instances where you’re like, I’m trying to protect my dog by making sure they are tethered,” she said.

Guthrie police told News 9 this is a growing issue.

“Outside of 35 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if it is super-cold, super-hot then a dog or cat cannot be tethered,” Sgt. Anthony Gibbs with Guthrie police said.

Starting July 16 tethering your dog without supervision will be against the law. 

“What this does is the tethering ordinance gives animal control and law enforcement the ability to step in say before it becomes animal cruelty,” Gibbs said.

There is an exception for those that work and can’t supervise their animal.

“That person will end up going through a process with our animal control. The dog must be able to get out of the elements,” he said. “The tether must be reasonable for the size of the dog you don’t want a logging chain on a chihuahua.”

“It’s good that there are some ways that the cops can be like ‘OK you aren’t going to get a fine because I understand this situation,’” Weymouth said.

If you are fined for tethering your pet the first offense is a $100 fine and court fees. The second time the fee increases to $200.