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Grace period for dog-tethering ban set to end
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A dog is tethered to a fence on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. On Oct. 25, the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a ban on unsupervised dog tethering. - photo by Austin Steele

Enforcement will begin May 1 for a ban on unsupervised dog tethering in Hall County.

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.

The city of Gainesville also bans dog tethering.