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This Tuesday, June 22, the city of Stamford’s Legislative and Rules Committee has scheduled a public hearing at 7pm to receive input on a proposed tethering ordinance

The committee made significant improvements to the original proposal over the past six months after receiving input from American Kennel Club Government Relations (AKC GR) and other stakeholders, but AKC believes that further amendments are necessary to ensure a fair and reasonable ordinance.  Those who wish to testify remotely or submit comments are encouraged to do so using the information provided below.


LR30.103, as amended by committee, relating to the control of dogs would prohibit an owner or keeper from tethering a dog outside unless:

  • The owner or keeper is outside with the dog; and
  • The dog is in the owner or keeper’s view.

AKC GR appreciates the committee’s work to refine the draft and recommends further amending the text to require an owner or keeper be on the property when a dog is tethered outside.  It may not be practical or necessary to always have a dog within sight while tethered.

Dogs should never be tethered in a manner that could cause harm to them.  The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes that tethering is a practical and humane method for training and restraining dogs in a variety of circumstances.  AKC opposes arbitrary restrictions on tethering, which can undermine the wellbeing of dogs, responsible dog ownership, and safe training and recreational activities.


  1. Anyone wishing to submit comments regarding LR 30.103 or speak at the remotely held public hearing must complete this form. Please note that those who wish to speak remotely at the hearing on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 7 pm must sign up by 2pm that day
  2. The hearing can be accessed by computer, tablet or smartphone at;  or– Webinar ID: 813 7092 3741; or by telephone at 1 646 558 8656 – Webinar ID: 813 7092 3741.

AKC GR will provide additional information as developments warrant.  For more information, contact AKC GR at