ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Arlington County Board has put a limit on the time dogs can be tethered in the county.
With the new regulations, there is a three-hour tethering limit within a 24-hour period and a 12-hour limit for dogs on running cables or trolleys in a 24-hour period.
The regulations take effect immediately. The board says violations carry a fine of up to $100.
In its unanimous decision, the board cited potential risks to the dogs' health and well-being.
Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada said in a written statement, "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."
To report a violation, you can call the Animal Welfare League of Arlington at 703-931-9241.
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