Some dogs are bred to thrive in cold weather. Most animals are not and should be kept indoors. Photo by Mike Diegel.

The Montgomery County Animal Services Division has announced that it will enforce the county’s anti-cruelty regulations through Friday night.

The regulation reads in part “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.”

This period of cold and wind is considered to be a weather emergency for the purposes of the regulation, according to an ASD press release. The penalty for a violation is a $500 fine.

Residents who see an animal outside that appears to be endangered can report the case to ASD at 301-279-8000.

ASD personnel will also be on patrol in local neighborhoods.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Animal Services Division enforcing anti-cruelty regulation