New Dog Laws in Effect Limiting Tethering

Saturday, Oct 19, 2013  |  Updated 1:46 PM EDT
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Arlington County, Va., is putting dog owners on notice – you can’t just leave your dogs on tethers for unlimited periods of time.

The County Board approved new rules limiting the time dogs may be tethered, citing risks to the dog’s health and well-being. The move was expected and was unanimously agreed upon during a Saturday meeting.

The new rules put a three-hour tethering limit in a 24-hour period; a 12-hour limit for dogs running on cables and trolleys; and impose a $100 fine for violators.

“The Board's action today is meant to protect dogs from abuse," said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada in a press release. "Tethering can put dogs at risk if the tethered animal is unable to get to food, water or shelter."

"Dogs can also become aggressive if tethered too long. Animal control officers have long made it a practice to respond to reports of dogs being tethered for hours on end. The new rules help responsible dog owners by providing clarity on what’s acceptable and what isn’t.”

Executive Director of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Sue Bell was among those pushing for the ordinance.

"Animals who are tethered consecutively for hours, days or years are actually more of a threat to residents in the community," Bell said.

To report a violation, call the Animal Welfare League of Arlington at 703-931-9241.

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