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Berkeley County Commission sets meeting on leash law

April 19, 2001

Berkeley County Commission sets meeting on leash law



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commissioners Thursday decided to hold a public hearing May 3 to discuss the proposed county leash law.

The commissioners reviewed language written by their attorney, Norwood Bentley III. It spells out that dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times.

The term "under control" is defined as the being on its owner's property or on a leash if it is off the property. The existing law is unclear, officials said.

The commissioners have said they do not intend the measure to mean the county will pick up every loose dog an animal control officer sees. But officers will have greater authority to respond to complaints, they said.

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Dogs who do not have a license or a tag showing a rabies vaccination also will be deemed not under control of their owners, the proposed ordinance states.

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m., May 3 in the Berkeley County Planning Commission hearing room, 119 W. King St., Martinsburg. Anyone who wants to speak on the issue will have a chance to do so, officials said.

- Bob Partlow

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