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Off leash dogs

Discussion in 'Broadlands Community Issues' started by msss2013, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. msss2013

    msss2013 Member

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    Can someone let me know how animal control works when dealing with a neighbor who's dogs are consistently off leash. I would not have a problem if the owner had complete control but she doesn't and she actually thinks she does. She has a medium to large size dog (about 45-50lbs). She moved to the area in the fall. We live in town houses and she lets her off leash in the common areas to play fetch or to just roam. My issue is when I am walking my dog her dog will charge at us and she will have to yell and scream her name until she stops. My dog (40lb) isn't always friendly with other dogs especially when she is on leash and the other dog is not. We had one instance where they had a minor scuffle when it didn't respond to her yelling (mine on leash hers not). Her dog eventually ran away back to her (a long distance) after I had to jump in the middle of them. When I took my girl home I went to her house to speak to her. She kept reassuring me that her dog is harmless and is playful. I tried to explain to her that mine is a rescue, she can be testy, and may be offensive in that situation and that I would hate for her dog to be harmed. It was not penetrating her brain!!!! She kept telling me about all her experience breeding and training yada, yada, yada....her dog is gentle, loves her daughter and her friends, blah, blah, blah...
    She kept doing it. I didn't see her that much for the past few months while it was cold, but now she is back out tossing the ball with the dog off leash. Over the weekend I saw her pre-teen daughter, by herself doing the same. I have a bad feeling and want to nip it in the bud. I don't think another conversation will change anything. If I call animal control will they do anything? Do I need pictures or a video of them? Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. msss2013

    msss2013 Member

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    I wrote "dogs" above because she has another dog that is under 20lbs that she also has with her usually, that one stays pretty close to her. But thats just adds to the problem I think. 2 eyes can't always be on 2 dogs. And I forgot to say, The area that she lets them off is across from MY house!!!
     
  3. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    I would just call them and explain the situation. Knowing where this person lives will make it easy for Animal control to send a reminder letter.

    I always see dogs being walked off leash, that, along with folks not picking up their dog's poop.
     
  4. jreichle

    jreichle New Member

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    I havery been having an issue with off leash dogs as well. It has been especially troubling at the playground with my 15 month old son. Multiple times i have had to run to pick him up before a running dog got to him. Friendly or not a dog will knock him over and you never know how a child will react with a dog and vice versa. Is this something that the hoa will sends a reminder out as the weather gets nicer? I am really not interested in getting neighbors in trouble. Would just like to get people to comply with the leash law
     
  5. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    I finally caught up with a neighbor walking his dog off leash and mentioned Virginia's leash law. He said he has an electronic leash. I told him he must have a physical lead tethered to his dog in which he replied that the State does not specify the type of leash required. Does anyone have any insight whether electronic leashes are acceptable. This was a first for me.
     
  6. T8erman

    T8erman Well-Known Member

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    Virginia does not have an overarching Leash Law, but does have an ordinance for allowing it:
    § 3.2-6539. Ordinance requiring dogs to be kept on leash.
    The governing body of any locality may adopt ordinances requiring that dogs within any such locality be kept on a leash...

    From Loudoun Co. Code of Ordinances 612.02: “Leash” means a secure chain, rope, strap or similar device that is attached to the collar or harness of a dog or other animal, used to lead or maintain physical restraint and control of the animal by an owner or custodian.

    So... No, he has an electric "collar" and it is not considered a leash. Batteries die.
     
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  7. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    Agree with you....Electric collars, like you say, are battery operated so if it no longer works, the "leash" then no longer will be effective. Physical leashes are more reliable than electric ones. If their dog isn't restrained and somehow is bit by the leashed dog, the owner of that unrestrained dog is still on the hook, not the leashed dog's owner.
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Member

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    great idea. a 'friendly reminder' to all of our residents with dogs...physical leashes are required.
     

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