Montgomery County Animal Services Officers are dropping the hammer on idiot pet owners. A 500$/fine will be issued to anyone that leaves an animal outside tethered in extreme weather conditions. This fine exists because of the abundance of these irresponsible people. We have all seen it, a dog tied up in the yard with a short leash, shitty doghouse, and a scumbag owner that barley recognizes that the dog exists. Aside from stealing the dog, there wasn’t much you could do.
Due to the extremely cold temperatures predicted for tonight, January 18 and the next several days, the Director of the Montgomery County Animal Services Division Thomas Koenig is announcing enforcement of Executive Regulation 10-10AM, Anti-Cruelty Conditions for Dogs. Section II-C of the regulation states that “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 enforcement of this regulation is put into effect during periods of high heat and humidity, and during conditions of extreme cold, wind, and heavy snow which can all be damaging to dogs and other animals. The penalty for this violation is a $500 fine.
Montgomery County had suggested that they tie the owners up naked outside during nice weather so that they can be publicly shamed, but they opted to issue the fine instead.
PS If you don’t put a hat on your dog, you’re not trying…