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Anchorage Considers Tightening City’s Dog Leash Ordinance

Anchorage Considers Tightening City’s Dog Leash Ordinance

The leash law in Anchorage would rule out electronic collars due to proposed changes in the law. Dogs would need to walk on a physical leash in public places.

After repeated complaints about dogs not being on leashes and aggressive dogs, there is possible update to the ordinance.

Dogs can be unleashed during activities that cannot be done with a leash is the current law. That means in an “area normally associated with that activity” such as retrieving balls or agility courses.

Dogs would be off leashes for those activities under the proposed change. Moreover, they could not roam on sidewalks, streets, multiuse trails and paths, or in residential areas.

Last Thursday, residents testified for and against the changes during an advisory board. On February 11, the committee plans to review the comments.

Anchorage, Alaska Dedicates Public Areas and Trails for Dogs off Leases

Therefore, the city has dedicated public areas in parks and trails where dogs can happily and unfettered roam with leashes. Moreover, state parks and federal lands have separate rules for dogs.

Michelle Sinnott is the chair of the volunteer Title 17 committee working under the city’s Animal Control Advisory Board to draft the ordinance. Therefore, updates to the city’s law have been under consideration for years.

Some People are Afraid of Dogs

“We have had people testify at the meeting where their children attacking by off-leash dogs. In fact, there are people who are afraid of dogs,” she said.

“In fact, people who want to bike or ski and have their dogs run alongside them is one of the biggest concerns of people,” Sinnott said.

Anchorage New Leash Proposal

Under the new proposal, leashes could be hooked to bicycles, said Tamiah Liebersbach, who is the municipal health department, administration manager.

For more information about dogs in your area, contact the authorities on leashing here.

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