Mont. Co. Council considers tethering laws
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.
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| October 20, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Maryland
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