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Albemarle Supervisors Vote to Expand Leash Law

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Albemarle County supervisors have expanded a law prohibiting animals from running at large.  The leash law previously prohibited animals from running wild in areas not deemed rural.

After a 5-to-1 vote Wednesday night, the law will now be expanded to rural areas as well, except for cases where animals are out for the purpose of hunting.

Albemarle County Supervisor Ann Mallek said, "We've all been very concerned that we were killing a gnat with a bazooka, but to me there may not be hundreds of cases, but there are certainly tens of cases of people who are intimidated in their house.  They cannot walk to the mailbox without being knocked down by a neighbor's dog."

Of the more than 500 service calls last year for dogs running wild in the county, about half were in rural areas.

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