- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

WELSH, La. (AP) - Dog owners in Welsh are being reminded: Put your pets on a leash.

Alderman Charles Drake issued the reminder this week after receiving complaints about dogs running loose.

“People need to put dogs on a leash. They just can’t turn them loose,” Drake said.

The American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1kNBEjI) the town’s leash law requires pet owners to control and restrain their animals by a leash when in public or on public property.

Alderman Bob Owens asked police officers to also remind residents of the leash law.

Violating the law is punishable by a fine and jail time, said Police Chief Marcus Crochet.

“We have a big dog problem because we don’t have a dog chaser,” Crochet said. “There is only so much we (police) can do.”

Crochet said the Jennings Police Department’s animal control officer has been assisting Welsh in capturing some animals, especially vicious dogs. The town’s animal shelter is holding 12 dogs, which is its limit, Mayor Carolyn Louviere said.

The town also has a vicious-dog ordinance that places more responsibility on the actions of the dog and not the specific breed if it bites or attacks someone. The measure makes it unlawful to own a dog deemed dangerous or vicious.


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