Forum to look at possible leash law |

Forum to look at possible leash law

Nevada County dog owners outside city limits will have the chance to bark about – er, comment on – whether to put a leash on Fido.

And if old Fido is mean enough to be old Brutus, then his owners may have to start shopping for insurance.

Insurance and leashes are two aspects of animal control being considered by an animal control advisory committee that is expected to report to Nevada County supervisors next month on the county’s animal control laws.

The committee has scheduled an Aug. 12 public forum on whether to keep the current laws allowing dogs to be “at large,” or to require dogs to be on leashes in unincorporated areas.

So far, the committee favors current Nevada County laws for controlling dogs, said Paul Boch, county chief of animal control.

Current law does not require a leash, but does require a dog to be under control of its owner through verbal commands. Boch said committee members don’t think there is a problem with the current law.

But they want to hear people’s opinions on the leash law and on one change they are recommending: to require insurance for a dog considered potentially dangerous.

The committee believes there should be liability insurance on dogs considered potentially dangerous – a designation for dogs that have bitten a person or engaged in other dangerous behavior.

The county’s at-large laws that allow unleashed dogs are being examined after people have complained to county supervisors about being bitten by vicious animals.

Boch said there were 110 dog bites during the 11 months ending in May, a figure that hasn’t changed much from previous years.

At least one quarter of the bites are reported by owners or their acquaintances, said Boch.

The five-person committee is composed of vets, animal shelter volunteers and others. Their recommendations are expected to go before supervisors some time in September.


WHAT: Public forum to discuss Nevada County dog laws, whether a leash law is needed in unincorporated areas, and whether liability insurance is needed for potentially dangerous dogs.

WHEN: 7 p.m., Aug. 12

WHERE: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building

INFORMATION: If you can’t make the meeting, send written comments to the county Department of Agriculture, 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley 95945. For information on current regulations, call the Nevada County Animal Shelter at 273-2179 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 pm.

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