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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/20/2010

Mont. Co. Council considers tethering laws

By Washington Post editors

A Montgomery County Council committee is considering restrictions on the tethering of dogs, as it looks to protect pets from injury and extreme weather without asking too much of their owners, The Gazette reports.

Earlier this month, Public Safety Committee members said a regulation proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) went too far by requiring that a person be outdoors and within sight of a tied-up dog at all times.

Instead, the committee is looking at other options to reduce the risk of a dog becoming entangled and injured or frustrated and aggressive because of the manner in which and length of time it has been restrained.

One option would require a person to be home and monitoring any dog that is tethered. Council legislative analyst Susan Farag said if that option is chosen, an overnight tethering ban, already in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., should be extended to 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Other options that council staff suggested include setting a time limit of 15 minutes to two hours for unsupervised tethering or allowing "temporary tethering" for no longer than it takes to do a quick task such as answering a ring or knock at the door.

Read more about the Montgomery County Council's discussions on the tethering of dogs in The Gazette.

By Washington Post editors  | October 20, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Now they gotta consider a law that outlaws brats from screaming at the tops of their lungs in residential zones unless they're in absolute mortal danger.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | October 20, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Anti-tethering laws are common sense measures that prevent severe safety threats and animal cruelty. It would be a shame for the council not to pass something.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | October 20, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Tether all youth as soon as they board metro trains.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | October 20, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think its great that the local government is doing something to help chained and mistreated dogs. I use a tether when I bring my dogs to events (like bbq's) when the area isn't fenced, so I'm glad they are distinguishing between the responsible use of tethers and the abuse of a dog living alone and unprotected on the end of a chain. I hope this law is passed and enforced! Police and animal control should be consulted about whether it would be easier for them to enforce a time limit or supervision requirement.

Posted by: dfziggy84 | October 20, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Easy, inexpensive solution? Keep untethered, unattended dogs inside in those wee chicken cages we see on those cruelty-to-animals TV shows.

Allows owners to go to work carefree, and come home to a grateful-but cowering, whipering, excrement-coated pet.

Posted by: kinkysr | October 20, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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