Oxford officials mull leash law

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — Oxford officials may rewrite a local ordinance to require animals to be on a leash in public spaces and exclude private property and areas specifically set up for dogs to run free in, such as a dog park.

An amended ordinance before aldermen this week originally proposed requiring animals to be leashed no matter where they were outdoors — including their own front yard.

Mayor Pat Patterson suggested it not go that far.

Changes were proposed after a woman was knocked down recently by a dog running loose at a park and after numerous complaints to police.

The current ordinance requires that animals be under the control of a “competent” individual but does not define “competent.”

Aldermen will look at a reworded ordinance on Dec. 7.