Vinton Town Council adopted an ordinance amending the Town Code on the tethering of animals during its April 3 meeting.
It is now unlawful for any owner of a companion animal to tether the animal more than three cumulative hours during the day between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.; at any time between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.; at any time if the animal is sick, injured, or in heat; and at any time if the animal is four months of age or younger.
Violation of this ordinance will now become a civil violation subject to a fine of $150. Councilwoman Janet Scheid noted that this ordinance was especially timely as April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
In other business, council received its annual update from Beth Doughty of the Roanoke Regional Partnership of which Vinton is one of eight participating governments. She stated that business investment in the region in 2017…