Winter Weather and Pet Care in Montgomery County, Maryland

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Winter Weather and Pet Care in Montgomery County, Maryland


Montgomery County, Maryland authorities are reminding residents not to leave pets tied up and unattended outside during severe winter weather conditions. Dog owners face a $500 fine for violating the anti-animal cruelty ordinance.

Montgomery County Animal Services Division officers will enforce a county regulation that says, “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.”

Enforcement of the regulation goes into effect during periods of extreme cold, wind or heavy snow, which can all be harmful to dogs and other animals.

Animal Services officials remind residents to be particularly careful with all pets during the blasts of cold weather. The best advice during periods of extreme weather conditions is to bring pets indoors. Even animals that are used 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.

If you see an animal left outside that appears to be in danger, call the Animal Services Division immediately at 301-279-8000.


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Roy. I just don't get people who don't prize and value their pets.

Dec 21, 2019 05:14 AM #2
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Roy, Such an important message to those owners who need to realize what they should NOT be doing!

Dec 21, 2019 05:27 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Don't see pets outside unattended where I live but many have booties on their paws to protect them from the harsh melting agents on the sidewalks. Enjoy your day!

Dec 21, 2019 05:31 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope that everyone will do what is right for their pets and if they do not, they should definitely be held accountable.

Dec 21, 2019 05:45 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

It's important to remember those little fur bodies need protection from winter cold, just like we do.

Dec 21, 2019 05:55 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Roy - now is the time for dogs to go out just long enough to do what they have to do and come back in.

Dec 21, 2019 06:44 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

If people are going to have pets they better do right by them. If not, find them a home where people will treat them with the love and respect they deserve. Isn't it sad there are fines to discourage folks from doing this?  We should all have kindness for others ( and animals) instilled in our DNA - 

Dec 21, 2019 07:43 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is important to take care of our furry friends.  Luckily here we don't have extreme weather as you all do.  When we lived in Napa our three cats rarely used their litter boxes.  They preferred going out, and on those days, when we had frost on the ground, they would slide on the deck wander a bit, and return home..A

Dec 21, 2019 07:51 AM #9
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, glad to see a STIFF fine involved for those homeowners that abuse their pets! 

Dec 21, 2019 10:35 AM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Roy - one might think that any extremes in weather and/or temperatures would make "common sense" a lot more common.  No thinking.  No assuming... 

Dec 21, 2019 11:50 AM #15
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Roy... I'm still always gob-smacked that pet owners need to be reminded of such things regarding their pets. I was delighted when President Trump signed the law that makes abusing animals a federal offense... long, long overdue.

Dec 22, 2019 07:40 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is much appreciated.

Dec 22, 2019 08:11 AM #18
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