It’s time for a leash law in Truckee |

It’s time for a leash law in Truckee

Is Truckee going to the dogs? You’d certainly think so, if you take a walk along some streets in our town. Residents from across Truckee told town council last week of being accosted by aggressive dogs while walking in their own neighborhoods.

Anyone who walks his or her dog on a leash can recount numerous encounters with roaming dogs – friendly or unfriendly.

While some believe that they moved to the mountains so their pets could run free, allowing those animals to roam is a disservice to both the pets and the neighborhood.

Our town is growing, and with increased population comes an increasing number of complaints about loose dogs. A dog which is a gentle, friendly pet may be a completely different animal when running with a pack.

Residents should be free to walk their neighborhoods, without the fear an uncertainty that an encounter with a wandering dog of unknown temperament can bring – and keeping a dog under close control is the only way to ensure its own safety from cars, theft and wildlife.

In a nutshell, owning a dog comes with responsibility – both to the animal and the community. Owners who open the their front doors each morning and allow dogs out to run unsupervised are abdicating that responsibility, and opening themselves and their neighbors to the consequences.

Animal Control faces a hard task with limited resources in patrolling Truckee, where there are more than 2,000 dogs licensed.

Wandering dogs have become more than a nuisance, and it’s difficult to determine whether a dog is “under control” with the current wording of the town ordinance.

The time has come for town council to consider a true leash law for Truckee.

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