I’m afraid Pam Carr of Saks does not have exclusivity on the rampant running pet dilemma. I live in Oxford and we have numerous offenders of Alabama Code 3.1.5, which is commonly known as the “leash law.”
The law basically states that “you are responsible for your dog, and it must remain on your property unless you are with it. The pet owner is responsible for the destruction or injury that is caused by your dog. So, you should train your dog to remain on your property or contain them by electronic collars, proper fences, etc.” The code further states that all dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies and “must bear proof of this by collar, tag, and vaccination certificate. Failure to do so could result in your pet being captured by County Animal Control Officers and will be interred at the local animal shelter.”
Translated to Calhoun County-ese, this means your dog or cat will be taken to Calhoun County Animal Control, which is required to keep it for seven days. If your dog or cat is not claimed within those seven days, the county has the right to euthanize your pet.
If you are going to adopt a dog or cat, then invest the time necessary into training and proper care, and get it spayed or neutered. If you are not able or have no desire to do these things, then do not get a pet.
And, as Ms. Carr mentions, for those who have to deal with the pets of those irresponsible pet owners every day, please remember the behavior of those cats or dogs is not their fault. Do not take their actions out on the animal. Like children, they will be allowed to run wild and do as they wish unless corrected by a parent.