Christine K. Abikoff, Ashford Animal Control Officer
While we are in the midst of this extreme weather, please remember that your pets are affected by the weather, also. If you need to tether your dog please be aware of the following statutes. Your dog will thank you for abiding by these rules.
Section 22-350a(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes prohibits tethering a dog outdoors to a stationary object or to a mobile device, including, but not limited to, a trolley or a pulley, when a weather advisory or warning is issued by local, state or federal authorities or when outdoor environmental conditions, including, but not limited to, extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, snow or hail, pose an adverse risk to the health or safety of such dog based on such dog’s breed, age or physical condition, unless tethering is for a duration of not longer than fifteen minutes.
Section 22-350a(d) of the Connecticut General Statutes sets a fine of one hundred dollars for the first offense, two hundred dollars for a second offense, and not less than two hundred fifty dollars or more than five hundred dollars for a third or subsequent offense.