Texas Town Bans Tethering

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Under a new ordinance, Arlington, Texas pet owners who tether unattended dogs will be fined. Ray Rentschler, Animal Services field supervisor, says the ordinance will ensure the safety of area dogs.

“It’s going to help the animals because a lot of our cruelty calls that we get are animals that have been tethered, and generally, we find that they don’t have food and water,” Rentschler said. “We also get calls where the dog has jumped the fence while it’s on the tether and hung itself.”

The new city ordinance that prohibits tethering unattended dogs takes effect on May 18. Dog owners in violation of the ordinance will be given a warning and a 24-hour notice. After that, those still in violation will face a fine of up to $2,000.

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