Dorchester County may tighten leash laws for dogs

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County council is debating tightening leash laws for dogs.

County Council Chairman Larry Hargett says there's been a large number of citizens complaining about loud and incessant dog barking and lack of dogs on leashes in residential areas.

He says a committee is looking into what can be done to strengthen the livability ordinance.

Hargett says the county does have a law in place where dogs are required to be on a leash at all times,  but they can be hard to enforce. He says the new livability ordinance could help with enforcement.

Hargett also says the livability ordinance will also address animal smells in neighborhoods and other noise nuisances like loud music, cars and motorcycles.

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