New Dog Tie-Out Regulations in Broward County

by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum, your Deerfield Beach Veterinarian 


As your veterinarians in Deerfield Beach, we try keep you informed about changes in animal and pet regulations in Broward and Palm Beach counties that may affect you and your pet. 

In February 2013, Broward County set strict standards for the conditions under which dogs can be kept outside. Violators can be fined $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense, and could also face animal cruelty charges.

Under the new regulations (click here to see a PDF):

  • No dog may be tied to a tree, post, fence or other stationary object.
  • Dog may only be tethered to a running line, and specific types of lines, collars and harnesses are defined under the rule.
  • Dogs must have access to clean water, food, and shade while outdoors.
  • Dogs must be protected from the elements and may not be tied outdoors during bad weather. 
  • Dogs may not be left outdoors during extreme temperatures (below 45 degrees or above 85 degrees) unless provides with a dog house outfitted with heating and cooling.
  • The length of the running line, attaching leash, and the square footage to be provided for each dog is also outlined in the law. 

The City of Deerfield Beach has even stricter dog tie-out regulations (click here to view Deerfield Beach's animal regulations) with tethering outdoors of all domestic pets forbidden between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pets must be kept within a fenced area and the types of running lines, leashes/harnesses, and square footage required per dog are also outlined. 

We also urge all dog owners who use open-bed pickup trucks to secure your dog with a harness – not around the neck – to two separate spots on the truck. Your goal is to keep your dog from bouncing out of the truck, and to protect him from falling over the side and choking on his collar. Dogs receive terrible injuries when they fall out of moving vehicles and frequently cannot be saved, so please tether your dog properly so there's no chance of him or her getting hurt.

As always, we're here to help your pets live a long and happy life. Let us know how we can help you. 

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