LIMA – With continued freezing temperatures forecast for the Lima area this weekend, local animal rights activists and dog lovers are concerned that some dogs may be left outside in the freezing temperatures in violation of the new Lima tether order.

The order — Lima Ordinances 618.12 – came into force on November 8, 2021 and regulates how residents tie up a dog and when the animal is left outside.

The new municipal law was debated for months by the Lima council, leading to its adoption last fall.

Lima Police Department Maj. Ron Holman, commander of the city’s patrol division, said in a phone interview that most dog owners in the city are complying with the ordinance and only ” a few” incidents of alleged violations of the new order had been investigated. since November.

“Most people are compliant. Obviously, adverse weather conditions such as those predicted can adversely affect an animal’s welfare,” Holman said. “We advise residents to try not to leave (dogs) outside longer than necessary for them to defecate.”

the order lists a series of situations that are regulated, including type, length and weight of tether or retainer; the location of the tethered animal near a fence or property line; whether or not the animal can access food and water; and the times of day and times when a dog may be tethered outdoors throughout the year.

Many animal welfare advocates who contacted The Lima News about the order were concerned about restrictions on how long a dog can be tied outside in light of the forecasted extreme cold.

The municipal decree prohibits leaving a pet outside from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. all year round. From October 1 to March 31, no pets may be tied outside from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

These rules amount to very limited outdoor tethering time for dogs during the winter months, leaving only the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. times for outdoor tethering.

Allen County dog ​​sitter Julie Shellhammer said her office isn’t enforcing the city’s ordinance, but she hopes all residents — county or city — follow the law for health and well-being. -being of their animals.

“It’s Lima law, and I can’t speak for them. We’re not enforcing (the ordinance), just state law,” Shellhammer said. “It’s sad. I’ve been on TV three times in the last 24 hours talking about the cold weather and how to stay safe.

Shellhammer said his office is primarily focused on enforcement Ohio Revised Code Chapter 955, which it says regulates dog licensing, dogs running off-leash and dog bites, among other issues. She said the Humane Society enforces Chapter 959 of the Ohio Revised Code, which deals with complaints of cruelty to animals, including dogs without food, water, shelter or who are severely neglected.

Holman said any resident who wishes to report a tether ordinance violation should call the city’s non-emergency response hotline, 419-227-4444, to report suspected violations. He pointed out that tipsters don’t call 9-1-1, because that’s only for more serious crimes and emergencies.

“If we get an allegation that a dog has been left outside longer than the hours (in the ordinance), or is outside after curfew hours, we will send someone one and will investigate and possibly issue a citation. We’re doing our best,” Holman said.

Lima Ordinance, Lima Ohio Ordinances 618.12 – went into effect November 8, 2021 and regulates how residents tie up a dog and when the animal is left outside.

With freezing temperatures forecast for the Lima area this weekend, local animal rights activists and dog lovers are concerned that some dogs may be left outside in the freezing temperatures in violation of Lima’s new tethering ordinance. .