A Saturday morning meeting by the Arlington County Board voted unanimously to limit the time dogs can be tethered citing that excess tethering can make a dog become aggressive reports nbcwashington.com.
In Arlington County, a dog can only be tethered for the maximum of three hours in a 24-hour period. Dogs attached to cables and trolleys will be limited to 12 hours. Anyone found violating this law, will be subject to a $100 fine per offense.
In a press release by Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Jejada, he states:
"Tethering can put dogs at risk if the tethered animal is unable to get food, water, or shelter."
According to the Dog Breed Info Center, dogs that are chained have a higher likelihood of biting and are less likely to come back if they break away from their tethers. Dogs are not programmed genetically to be tethered; they would much rather be part of the pack with their human nearby.
Tragically many dogs go "stir crazy" when tethered for long periods at a time and become very protective of their areas. The American Humane Association states that chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than dogs not tethered. The organization also cites that 25% of all fatal dog attacks are from dogs who are chained.
Let's hope other towns, counties, and states follow suit on another way to help prevent animal cruelty.
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