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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Residents' views sought on animal control issues - leash law, number of pets

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Jan. 10, 2017 - Two issues concerning animals under study, and the city would like to hear residents' views.  Your feedback will go to the Animal Control Advisory Committee, which will consider your input before making recommendations to City Council.

Hampton’s leash law specifies that a dog off its owner’s property (not on a hunt or in a dog park) must be under the owner’s “immediate control.” This can include a leash or voice control. The city is studying whether residents think this is sufficient.

Also, Hampton has no limit on the number of adult dogs or adult cats an individual household may have. The city is reviewing whether a restriction is needed or if current laws addressing minimum requirements for the care of animals and prohibiting hoarding are sufficient.  This would apply to residential households, not validly licensed commercial businesses such as kennels.  Any change in law would not impact any validly licensed dogs or cats owned by a household on the effective date of any new change in law, but future dogs and cats brought into the household would be limited.  

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