Hall County‘s ban on tethering dogs outside will begin to be fully enforced on May 1, according to the Gainesville Times.
The ban went into effect Nov. 1, 2018, but it came with a 180-day grace period so pet owners could prepare for the new rules by getting a fence or making other arrangements for their dogs.
Mike Ledford, Hall County’s director of animal services, said the fine for violating the ordinance will be determined by the Magistrate Court.
The new ordinance was the result of a collaboration between the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia and Hall County Animal Services. The county researched other municipalities’ tethering rules while the Humane Society gathered public input through a survey and focus groups.