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On July 20, the City of Stamford’s Legislative and Rules Committee met virtually to consider additional input on the city’s proposed tethering ordinance from fellow board members who had been contacted by their constituents with requests for amendments.  Video of the meeting can be viewed here.

The Committee spent one hour and 45 minutes discussing potential amendments to the proposal.  Discussion focused on clarifying what a reasonable amount of time would be for leaving a dog outside and unattended on a tether.  How the animal control office could practically enforce the ordinance was also a consideration.  Representative Jacobson, the proposal’s original sponsor, suggested amending the exception to leaving any dog outside and unattended, be limited to 30 minutes.  This amendment was adopted.  Three additional changes suggested by a resident owner of Siberian Huskies were rejected by the committee.

Click here to read AKC’s previous alert and position on tethering.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  The full Board of Representatives is scheduled to next meet virtually on Monday, August 2, 2021, starting at 8pm.  The Board’s agenda indicates that a final vote on the amended tethering ordinance will be taken.  This agenda also includes a link on how to watch the board’s meeting live.

Dog owners impacted by the proposal should submit their comments prior to this meeting via email to  In the subject line, include “LR30.103 Dog Control” and identify whether you are a Stamford, Connecticut, resident.

AKC Government Relations (GR) will provide additional information as developments warrant.  For more information, contact AKC GR at