Owners Leaving Pets Outside In Extreme Weather Will Be Issued $500 Fine

The officers of Montgomery County Animal Services are enforcing an ordinance prohibiting owners from leaving their animals being left, or tied up outside during extreme weather.

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Montgomery County, in Rockville, MD is experiencing extremely lows temperatures at night.  Authorities are reminding residents that they can’t leave their pets tied up and unattended outside. If a pet owner violates this ordinance, they will be faced with a $500 fine.

Thomas Koenig, the Director of the Montgomery County Animal Services Division, says that his officers will begin enforcing this regulation, “a person must not tether a dog under circumstances that endanger its health, safety, or well-being including: unattended tethering of the dog during a weather emergency.”

The regulation will be enforced and go into effect during periods of extreme cold, wind and heavy snow. If anyone witnesses an animal that’s been left outside and appears to be in danger, they are urged to call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000.

This ordinance will for sure be a life-saver! 


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