#Law & Order
Borough Council of McSherrystown Pennsylvania
United States of America

Whereas in greater regularity in the past several years citizens have encountered off leash dogs while walking their own pets,
and whereas several of these encounters have resulted in the citizen or their pet being put in danger or attacked.
and whereas pet owners need to be in control of their dog's while in public
as an unleashed animal, free to roam can be a danger to itself, other pets, and citizens;
and as an offleash animal darting across busy roads can cause vehicle mishaps that can result in injury or death to citizens OR to the dog in question;
it is the demand of those who have signed this petition that the governing body in question; the McSherrystown Borough Council; enact or revise it's town ordinances to require owners of any animal which may accompany them anywhere in the borough to be in control and secured by a leash.

An owner whose animal is unleashed is NOT in control of their animal no matter how well trained they claim the animal may be and as such their unleashed dog is free to react to the movements of other citizens and their pets without the owner having a means of control.
It is the responsibility of every dog owner to be in control of their pet at all times when out in public the only way to be sure that they are is for their pet to be leashed.
10 important reasons that a leash law is required:
1. It's a great good neighbor policy, preventing your dog from trespassing on
the neighbor's property during your walk. It also keeps your dog from
jumping on people you encounter, ensuring that your dog has the chance
of being properly introduced.
2. Improved companionship. A well trained and leash-obedient dog is a
pleasure to walk with.
3. Walking your pet on a leash will prevent the spread of disease. It is less
likely that your dog will be exposed to Parvo or Distemper. A leashed dog
can be restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals.
4. A leash is commonly referred to as "Your Pet's Lifeline," protecting your
pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are
greatly reduced when responsible pet owners obey the leash law.
5. An obedient and well behaved dog is a positive reflection of its owner.
6. Re-locating your dog into another household is 100% easier if your dog is
obedient and leash trained.
7. It's a great way to reward your dog. Your dog will immediately respond
with a wagging tail the moment he or she sees you holding the leash.
8. It's a great identification tool, symbolizing that the dog has an owner, and
enabling someone who sees the leash and identification tag attached to
the dog's collar to find you if you and your pet should become separated.
9. It's a great relief to wildlife, keeping your dog from chasing squirrels, deer,
and other wildlife.
10.laws are in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury. This law is necessary for the safety of all members of our community.

We, the undersigned, demand the members of the council of the Borough of McSherrystown in the State of Pennsylvania honor the request of it citizens of the borough included herein and revise our borough's pet ordinances to require any quadruped (4 legged) animal which accompanies it's owner outside the confines of their home or who is released to a property without confining fence or barrier; be controlled or tethered by a leash.
Under no circumstances should an animal be uncontrolled; either on private property or on the public street without some form of restraint.

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The McSherrystown Leash Law petition to Borough Council of McSherrystown Pennsylvania was written by Dan Colgan and is in the category Law & Order at GoPetition.