NOT EVERY STATE HAS A LEASH LAW!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Southern28Chick, Jul 10, 2007.

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  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I recently read the thread on the man that killed the neighbors 2 dogs and noticed that someone said that ALL states have a leash law. That is not true. In fact the area that the people lived in did not have a leash law. This is from the same website as the original story:

    "Some will ask about the owners' actions, like why weren't these dogs fenced in? It's a very rural area and on top of that, Campbell County does not have a leash law. There's only one area in the northern part that even has a confinement law, meaning dogs must be fenced in."

    http://new.wset.com/news/stories/0707/437237.html This is the follow up story.

    Now, I'm not saying anything against the person that wrote that all states have a leash law. That's not what I'm doing. What I am trying to do is tell everyone that they should check the laws in their areas and try to get a leash law enforced if they don't already have one. I know a leash law will not make people put up their dogs but at least if there is a leash law in your area then you probably won't be in the same situation as that man is in if you take in upon yourself to shot someone's dog.

    Just a thought!
     
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  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Southern Chick...you should know that most counties in NC DO NOT have leash laws. When I lived in the Eastern part of the state we had hunting dogs in our yard constantly. There is no way I could have kept a chicken alive.
     
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    MayberrySaint,

    That's what I'm saying. That one person said that all states have a leash law and "if you think yours doesn't then think again". I think we should have leash laws. For the safety of our livestock and the safety of the dogs as well (to help them from getting hit by cars or shot by someone). I actually always thought we have a leash law but we don't. I may have to contact my county because we do have A LOT of dogs roaming free here and I'd hate for someone's dog to get killed or my animals to get hurt/killed.
     
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  4. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    North Carolina is very backwards in this regard...unfortuantely the hunting lobby always fights leash laws. They use those hunting dogs to chase deer around while the dang hunters sit in their pickups along the side of the road waiting for the deer to be run at them...half the dogs stay out in the woods all night harassing livestock and deer. They come out of the woods half-starved. I lost count how many of the darn dogs ended up in our garage looking for food.
     
  5. hollyclyff

    hollyclyff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know I was going to post something to dispute that very same statement that all states have leash laws, but I didn't. I'm glad someone pointed it out that they don't. Is NC the only state that doesn't? In our county we have what they term a "restraint law" that has only been in place for about 3 or 4 years. Prior to that we did have a "nuisance dog" law though. So if a dog was harassing your livestock you had some legal recourse even then, although it was tougher to prove. The restraint law doesn't exactly require a leash, but it does consider it against the law for a dog to be loose on someone else's property without permission. Basically, if you can keep your dog under control and on your property without a leash or fence, it's OK, but you can't let them just run loose off your property without direct supervision. It does contain a statement that says hunting dogs being used for legal hunting, under the owner's control at the time, are OK. But there still are plenty of places where any loose dogs are completely legal. Here the law is enforced on a complaint driven basis only and AC will tell you that point blank. In this area I think that is probably appropriate because it is mostly rural. If your neighbors don't mind your dog in their yard, who cares. And there are some dogs that come in my yard that I *don't* mind because they are sweet, non-destructive dogs. But the law has, thankfully, allowed us to do something about our next-door neighbor's dogs, who were a very real problem for us. As I have stated before, I love, love, love dogs and have three of my own, but they are not allowed to run loose - ever. I know beyond a doubt that my dogs would kill a chicken given the chance, so they are not given that chance. I think everyone should be aware of their local laws and potential changes to those laws and too many people aren't.
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That's a bummer...I would presume that most states do...
    I've had Jake, a MinPin, get into the yard because he used to like to dig, but now he's a fat little thing and can't do it and he made Obelisk go for a dip...but he's never been back in, so I don't consider him a "nuisance."
    There's a new dog who lives on another street. His name is Booker and he comes in the yard, walks through and leaves.
    Then there's Maggie and Capone. Maggie's a Shepherd mix and she just goes across Summer Street and sits at the curb.
    Capone is a Pit mix and he never ever leaves his yard. He's never on a leash but if he's out, his pet parents are out with him.
    Buddy on the other hand is a PITA! He went after a dove on my platform feeder( jumped right up after it) and when I yelled at him to get the Hell out of the yard, his owners called him back.[​IMG]
     
  7. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My local law says:

    Animals at Large
    It is unlawful for any owner or keeper of an animal other than a cat to willfully or negligently allow the animal to run at large on any public property or on any private property of another without permission of the property owner


    Ok, so mine is pretty clear. But, is a LEASH LAW the same as above?? I am wondering because I always thought a leash law was like when you went to a park or public beach or were specifically walking it in a public area. So, is it the same as what my law says about animals at large?

    From what I can read, a leash law means something entirely different than an "animal at large".?

    EDIT: I think a leash law means when you walk your dog etc. In my area, if you can restrain your animal verbally, you can take it walking without a leash. But, if you go down to the beach the leash is required.
     
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  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I say leash law but when I say that I'm talking about anytime a dog is loose without a leash or fence restraining it. They could very well be different things. Something else to look in to. I wish people would just take better care of their animals. [​IMG]
     
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