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Arlington County Places New Restrictions On Dog Tethering

Under new rules in Arlington County, dogs can only be tethered for three hours at a time.
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Under new rules in Arlington County, dogs can only be tethered for three hours at a time.

We've all seen it—you head to the store and there outside, tied to a post looking longingly at the door waiting for its master is a dog. But the Arlington County Board of Supervisors says that's not good for the health or well-being of the animal, and is now doing something about it.

The country board unanimously approved new rules at its meeting Saturday aimed at protecting dogs. Under the new rules, dogs can be tied up outside for no more than three hours, and there is a 12-hour limit in a 24-hour period for dogs tethered to running cables and trolley systems.

County supervisors say dogs can become aggressive if tethered for too long, and they of course need access to food and water.

The new rules take effect immediately, and the fine for breaking them would count as a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine.

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