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To the editor:

I am writing to appeal to other residents of the town of Halifax in regards to implementation of a leash law.

Dogs roaming at large have long been a problem in the town, but the town council has been (and is still) hesitant to enact a leash law.  They seem to be concerned about liability to dog owners who actually control their animals, but a leash law would not actually apply to them.

South Boston’s leash law states that: 

(a) No owner or keeper of any dog shall permit such dog to run at large at any time, whether licensed or unlicensed.

(b) For the purpose of this section, a dog shall be deemed to run at large while roaming, running or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner’s or custodian’s immediate control.

As you can see, the wording protects the owners which Halifax town council seems concerned about, while holding those who routinely allow their dogs to run at large accountable.

If you are a town resident and believe that the town of Halifax needs a leash law, please contact town council and advise them of your concerns and wishes.  

I am including a link to council members’ mailing and email addresses for your convenience in doing so. https://www.townofhalifax.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119&Itemid=225

Thank you for your attention and support.

Sincerely,

David D. Irby

Halifax