LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — There’s a limit on how long dogs can be tethered in Arlington County after the county board passed new legislation this weekend, citing potential risks to the animals’ well-being.
Under the new rule, which was unanimously passed by the Arlington County Board on Saturday, dogs can’t be tethered for more than three hours in a 24-hour period. The rule also limits the amount of time a dog can be affixed to a running cable or trolley system to 12 hours in a 24-hour period.
“The Board’s action today is meant to protect dogs from abuse,” said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “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.”
Violations of the new rule, which took effect immediately, are considered a misdemeanor and come with a fine of up to $100. Residents can report a violation of the dog tethering rule by calling the Animal Welfare League of Arlington at 703-931-9241.