There are leash laws in Hampton. If you are attacked, or your animal is attacked, you are told to "contain" the animal until the authorities arrive. If they don't see the animal on your property, they won't do anything. The city finally made the owners of the dangerous dogs put up a real fence around their yard and issued a warning that the dogs will be removed if another incident is reported. Big deal. No warnings. No registry entry. Same snarling, barking dogs pushing at the fence, digging under the gate and escaping. Same song and dance...catch and contain them until the authorities come. Leash laws don't work if no one follows or enforces them.
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#21 Mar 25, 2008
I walk my dogs in Buckroe all the time. There are always dogs running around loose on Mallory and on some of the side streets near the 7-11 by Atlantic. I cringe every time I see them because I'm afraid they will get hit by a car. Twice I have returned dogs to their owners because they had tags on them. Sometimes though, the dogs are timid, and I can't get near them. I've never seen any attacking dogs though.
#22 Mar 25, 2008
I had a dog several years ago. We had to put him down due to illness but before he got ill he was a great dog. The thing was, he was an Akita and if you know about Akitas, you know they are very protective of their owners and they can be mean. Our dog was great so long as we were freindly with you, but if you seemed threatening to us, or made a sudden move towards us, he would go for it. He also was not good around other animals. As a result, we had a 6 foot privacy fence in the back yard with a locked gate and whenever we had him out in the front yard or walked him, we always used a leash. The problem was, I was still afraid to walk him due to the other unleashed animals running aroung. If one of those animals approached us and went after my dog, he was gonna attack right back and I'm not gonna stand there in the middle of it and get mauled.
#23 Mar 25, 2008
I think it's dogs that are registered and not dawgs.
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