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Public hearing set March 24 to discuss county 'leash law'
Written by News Desk   
Saturday, 15 March 2014 15:56

In late February 2014 a local child age 4, who was reportedly staying with grandparents in Tallassee, was killed by dogs. According to news reports these dogs were domesticated, not wild, and lived in or near the neighborhood where the little girl was killed. The city of Millbrook already has a dog containment or "leash law" but the law does not apply to unincorporated parts of Elmore County at present.

"We often receive calls about dogs running loose only to find out that they are not in the city limits. Our 'leash law' only applies to our city boundaries and does not include the county or our police jurisdiction," said Fred Watts, President of the Millbrook city Council.

A "leash law" throughout Elmore County has been proposed and the Elmore County Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5:00p.m. in the old Elmore County Courthouse Courtroom, 100 E. Commerce Street in Wetumpka, to solicit public comments concerning a proposed dog containment law.

The proposed law is a provision under the Code of Alabama Section 3-1-5. The law is essentially an 'opt-in' provision that applies in any county in the state that adopts the regulation. Section 3-1-5 deals with permitting dogs to run at large in counties and certain cities or towns.

Elmore County residents are encouraged to review the code section and to attend the public hearing. Comments may also be submitted in writing to: Elmore County Commission Office, 100 E. Commerce Street, Suite 207, Wetumpka, AL, 36092. For further information, please call (334) 514-5841. Additional information is available on the county web site: www.elmoreco.org.

-Staff Report

 
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