The Smyrna Police Department has released a statement regarding animal tethering on the Town of Smyrna's website.

Due to the expected bad weather in the area this evening, Smyrna Police would like to remind residents that dogs are can't be tethered outdoors for more than six hours.

The National Weather Service has placed Kent County under a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 p.m. tonight until 1 p.m. Friday. The area is predicted to get two to four inches of snow.

Smyrna Town Council passed a dog tethering ordinance the summer of 2013. The ordinance includes a six-hour time limit for tethering, requirements for tethering device compliance, periods when an animal can't be tethered, and overall conditions dog owners need to follow. The first offense is a $50 fine, the second offense is a $100 fine, and the third and subsequent offenses are $300 fines.

Discussions for an animal tethering ordinance came out of the town's Public Safety Committee, following the recommendation of Smyrna Police Lt. Norman Wood.

For more information on the ordinance, here's the link to it on the town's website: