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Waddington enforces leash laws

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WADDINGTON – The town is cracking down on unleashed dogs.

The town council announced Monday it would install signs on Leishman Point and strictly impose the town’s leash laws following several complaints from residents.

“The dog control officer will be monitoring [Leishman Point] a little bit more, but obviously he can’t be there all the time,” Mr. Scott said.

But Mr. Scott said any person who observes a dog in violation of this local law may submit a written complaint with Waddington’s dog control officer or the town clerk.

Complaints, which must be submitted in writing, should detail the incident, the date, a description of the dog, and the name and a residence of the owner of the dog, Mr. Scott said.

Violators of the law can be fined up to $100 for a first offense, $200 for the second offense, and up to $500 for each subsequent violation.

“The first thing is doing the sign and then enforce a monetary item - that will get their attention,” resident Shawn Prentice said.

Mr. Scott said many residents are not aware they have the right to file complaint against dog owners who violate the law.

“Not many people know we have a leash law,” he said.

The law, which was enacted in 2010, requires dogs be leashed to prevent “uncontrolled physical harm to a person or damage property.”

According to the local law, “no dog shall be permitted in any public place or street within the town unless it is effectively restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length.”

At the meeting, the town also voted to install two signs – one at the bottom and one at the top of the Leishman Point reminding dog owners to leash their dogs.

A lack of signs might have been the problem, town council members said.

Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada said the village is also having a problem with uncontrolled dogs. The village board voted to install dog waste disposals on Island View Park in September to cut down on dog waste.

“We’re having the same issue in the village. We see dogs running lose all the time,” Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada. “It is difficult to police it.”

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