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Leash law raises concern

On Aug. 12 there was to be an open forum to discuss the leashing and insuring of all “potentially dangerous” dogs in the unincorporated areas of Nevada City. Please bear in mind that the only incorporated area of Nevada City is about one square mile or so – the center of town. The rest of us live out in fields and woodlands and cow pastures. We do not have a vote on the city council members, the mayor, etc.

Apparently, what is being considered is to force everyone whose pet may be “potentially dangerous” to keep that pet on a leash and carry insurance. Now, just who decides which animal is “potentially dangerous”? And how is that decided? And how much insurance must the pet owner carry? Is it determined by how big a bite the animal can take? After all, a chihuahua can be dangerous, you know. Those ankles!

And then, out here there are other potentially dangerous animals. There are bears, mountain lions and snakes. Maybe we need to put a leash on them, insure them as well. Better idea yet, why not just insure all the joggers and bikers; put a leash on them. Then we’d all be safe.



Inga Troutman

Nevada City





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