ARLINGTON, Va. -
The Arlington County, VA Board today approved new rules that limit the amount of time dogs may be tethered, citing potential risks to the animals' health and well-being.
The Board voted unanimously as part of the consent agenda to adopt regulations that limit the amount of time a dog may be tethered to three hours within a 24-hour period, and limit 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."
The regulations take effect immediately and have been put forth in amendments to Chapter 2 (Animals and Fowl) of the Arlington County Code. Violations are misdemeanors and carry a fine of up to $100.
To report a violation, call the Animal Welfare League of Arlington at 703-931-9241.