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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Leash Law Tips

Dogs On Leashes

The Jackson County Animal Shelter’s Animal Control program consists of three Officers that provide coverage for the unincorporated areas of Jackson County.

In 2018, these Officers have responded to over 2,500 calls, and over 2,000 animals have been impounded to our shelter under the category of “stray.”

Additionally, these officers have responded to a wide variety of other complaints, such as welfare concerns, abuse, neglect, and provided response and follow up to animal attacks.

Most of our calls this year have been for violations of the county leash law. 

The Jackson County leash law is very simple; owners of animals must keep those animals contained to the owner’s property, and when they are not on the owner’s property, they must be on a leash, or portable kennel.

To avoid being in violation of the leash law, and risking your pet being lost, the following steps are recommended;

  • Periodically check the integrity of your property’s fencing and gates.  Look for loose boards, bad latches, and evidence that your dog may be digging under the bottom of the fencing.  (Sand bags are particularly good for filling those gaps)
  • For dogs that are tied out or are on runs, check the dogs leads, swivels, and other hardware. With time and repeated pulling these types of tie-outs are prone to breaking.
  • If your dog fears thunder and lightning, make every effort to keep them indoors during periods of inclement weather, or around the times during the year that fireworks are being set off.
  • Insure your dogs are spayed and neutered.  Spaying and neutering help reduce a male dog’s desire to leave the property when females are in heat and reduce a female dogs desire to leave the property when they are in heat.
  • If you have a dog that is considered an “escape artist”, that routinely gets off your property despite all your efforts, there are still some things you can do.  Persistent attempts for a dog to get out of the yard can indicate several other issues.  The first is simply boredom.  Dogs have a lot of energy and need entertainment within your yard.  Playing with them each day, and providing them with chew toys, balls and a daily walk will go a long way in helping them be content when they get back home. 

It is also common for dogs that are repeatedly escaping the confines of your property to be doing so because they are attracted to something outside your fence.  This could be another animal, another animal’s food source, kids playing, and a host of other distractions.  Check out the areas that your dog is most attracted to on your fence line, chances are there is something there that is prompting the escape attempts.

Following these simple tips will help insure your dog stays in your yard, and that they don’t have to make a trip here to the shelter!

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