Dayton considers limits on dogs left outside

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A recent rash of dogs left outside of homes for long stretches of time has led Dayton to consider a new law to prevent that from happening.

The new rules would prohibit you from keeping a dog outside on a chain for more than two straight hours or more than 12 hours in a day.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says the limits are aimed at not only preventing the abuse of animals but also improving the quality of neighborhoods.

“I’d say it’s all about the civility in our neighborhoods,” Whaley says. “Last year we had over 900 barking dog cases. Now it’s not going to solve all of those but when a dog is mistreated they start to bark.”

The penalty for breaking the law would be a fine, but we wanted to know what it will take to catch violators.

Whaley says it’s not something for which the city would actively patrol, but when neighbors spot a dog left outside and complain this will give them a chance to do something about it.

“We’ve heard from neighborhoods that’s what they want,” Whaley says. “Something to deal with animals being mistreated in the community which causes them to bark

City commissioners will likely vote on the proposal next week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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