- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 5, 2007

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Dangerous-dog list takes effect

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has created a dangerous-dog registry that was passed by the General Assembly in 2006.

The registry allows users to search by locality or ZIP code to find dogs that have been found to be dangerous either by the courts or other local officials.

The office of the state veterinarian will maintain the registry, and owners of the dangerous dogs will also have to heed other rules to be able to keep their pet.

A check Tuesday found only nine dogs registered.

FREDERICKSBURG

Bacteria in water prohibits swimming

For the third time since the middle of May, bacteria has closed the public swimming area at Fairview Beach, meaning no swimming for visitors on the Fourth of July.

Tests this week show high levels of enterococcus. The closure seemed to indicate that a recently repaired septic tank is not the only cause on contamination near the beach area.

Officials plan to test the water again after the holiday.

MARYLAND

CLINTON

Worker gets stuck in split tree

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