It’s illegal to tether your dog outside during a weather advisory or warning

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(WWLP) – A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all of western Massachusetts, and that means there are strict restrictions when it comes to leaving your pets outside.

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Under Massachusetts law, it is illegal to keep your dog(s) tethered outside for longer than 15 minutes during a weather advisory, warning, or watch. The current Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7:00 a.m. Friday in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties and until 1:00 p.m. Friday in Berkshire County.

No matter the weather, Massachusetts law prohibits tethering dogs outside for more than five hours at a time. The law also prohibits the tethering of dogs anytime from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., except for a maximum of 15 supervised minutes.

Owners who violate these laws will be fined anywhere between $50 for first offenses to $300 for subsequent violations. If you would like to read more about the law concerning tethering a dog, click here.

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