Unattended Animal Tethering Now Illegal in Marion County
Published April 1st, 2014
Leaving your dog tethered and unattended is no longer allowed in Marion County.
Marion County Commissioners approved an anti-tethering ordinance 3-2, where pet owners can not leave their animals tethered around the clock.
However, the commission will allow owners to tether their pets for 30 minutes per task.
While some argued this gave rule breakers a loophole, commissioners felt they made progress with this county-wide issue.
"It was just a hard decision. Really difficult and try to make the best decision you can with the information we were given and I think we did that today," said Marion County Commission Chair Carl Zalak.
Commissioners discussed penalties for violators.
A first time offender would be referred to the Humane Society's Pet Parenting program.
A second offense would result in a fine.
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