Louisville, KY asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky

Q: I live in an apartment complex. What constitutes a leash for a dog? Does a chain hooked in the ground count?

My fiancee is about to have neck surgery. We have a 100lb dog. One wrong move from this dog and my fiancee could wind up paralyzed from the neck down. My apartment landlord is demanding the dog be on a leash. We have a lady below us terrified of our dog. We had an agreement that she would let us know when she was coming out, and we'd put the dog up. We kept that agreement, but now she's backing out of it. If we have a chain that screws into the ground, will that suffice as a leash, or do we physically have to have a leash to hold onto? Our lease agreement does not specify this.

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: No. A dog on a chain attached to the ground constitutes the crime of animal cruelty, not a leash. A leash is a rope or strap attached to the dogs harness or collar which enables a pet owner to control the dog while moving freely from place to place.

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