With extremely cold temperatures sweeping into Maryland over the next several days, the Montgomery County Animal Services announced it would be enforcing their executive regulation that requires dogs to be brought inside during weather emergencies. If dog owners violate the ordinance, they could face a $500 fine.
A blizzard watch has been issued in Maryland, with up to 2 feet in snow forecast for the weekend.
The enforcement of the regulation goes into effect during periods of extreme cold, wind chill and heavy snow. Thomas Koenig, the Director of the Montgomery County Animal Services Division, says his officers will enforce a county executive regulation that states, "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."
Montgomery County Police Animal Services officers urged residents to bring pets indoors, even those animals that used to being outdoors.
"Even animals that are accustomed to living outdoors can be susceptible to the dangers of cold weather. Livestock animals should have a place to get out of the wind and dry bedding should be provided to protect them from frostbite," they wrote in a press release dated January 19, 2016.
ASD Officers will be on-call, patrolling neighborhoods and responding to any animal-related emergencies during the cold snap. They said that if anyone sees an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, that they should call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000.
I'm glad to see the authorities being diligent and making sure pet owners know that the temperatures coming will be extremely cold for any animal!
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