Indianapolis Dog Care and Treatment
Key Ordinance Information 


Your dog must have access to: 

• a shelter constructed of solid wood or other weather resistant materials consisting of solid walls on all sides 
• a dry floor raised above the ground 
• a roof sloped away from the entrance to protect your dog from weather and extreme cold 

During the winter months and when the temperature is below 40°F: 
• the shelter must be large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around 
• the entrance must be covered by a flexible wind proofing material or self-closing door 
• the shelter must contain clean, dry bedding which must consist of an insulating material that does not retain moisture, such as straw, and sufficient depth for your dog to burrow 

Pen or Fenced Enclosure 

• Your dog must have adequate space for exercise when confined to a kennel, enclosure or pen which must be at least 100 square feet (for example: 10ft. x 10ft.) 
• Any dog over 80 pounds must be provided with a space of 150 square feet 
• For each additional dog inside the enclosure, an extra 50 square feet must be provided 


It is against the law to tether (chain) your dog if any of the following is true: 

• Your dog is is less than 6 months old 
• Your dog is sick or injured 
• It is between 11PM & 6AM 
• Your dog is not spayed or neutered, unless you are an adult, your dog is in your visual range, and you are outside with your dog 

Extreme Weather 

Your dog must be brought inside a temperature controlled building, such as your house when: 

• the temperature outside is 20°F & below 
• the temperature outside is 90°F & above 
• there’s a heat advisory 
• there’s a windchill warning 
• a tornado warning has been issued 


On any day where the temperature is at or above 80°F, your dog’s shelter must be shaded by either trees or a tarp. 

For more on Indy's basic care and treatment requirements, go to Municode.com, Article IV. Care and Treatment; Sec. 531-401.