Following their counterparts in Columbus, Whitehall City Council members this week approved a measure prohibiting dog owners from tethering their canines and leaving them unattended outdoors during overnight hours.
Columbus enacted a similar measure last year, and leaders in both cities say the laws are designed to protect the dogs and prevent injury to or criminal activity by humans. The Whitehall measure also prohibits the tethering of a dog during extreme weather conditions. It goes into effect at the end of the month. Violators face a 250 dollar fine and 30 days in jail.