What Dog Owners Still Don’t Get About Leash Laws

Besides complying with local laws, the top reason to keep your dog on leash is to protect your dog ... 

Pet Dog Rescued From Frozen River by New York Firefighters After It Chased Geese Onto Ice

NEWSWEEK – A pet dog had to be rescued from a frozen river in Plainville, New York, after it chasing geese out onto the ice and getting stuck.

Images taken at the scene of the rescue on Thursday (January 13) and posted by Plainville Fire Department to Facebook showed the small dog, reportedly a Shih Tzu, standing out in the middle of the Seneca River, which was partially frozen over with ice.

Subsequent photos taken during the rescue effort showed firefighters in specialist gear lying on the ice to spread their weight and minimize the chance of it cracking as they inched their way towards the dog.

Syracuse.com reported that the dog had become trapped on the ice after running onto it to chase a flock of geese nearby.

Members of the Baldwinsville Fire Department assisted their colleagues in Plainville achieve the successful rescue.

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A statement posted to their Facebook page said:

“This morning, our volunteers responded automatic aid to the Plainville Fire District for reports of a dog on the ice that couldn’t get back to shore. Our members donned dry suits with our newly purchased inflatable ice rescue boat and with assistance were able to successfully retrieve the dog from the ice … “



This article was originally written for Southern California communities, but is applicable throughout most communities in the country. Virtually every community has a leash law.

The law requires that dogs be kept on a leash at all times when on public property. While on private property, dogs must be under control of their owners.

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The intent of the law is to protect the health and safety of the public and to protect your pet. The use of a leash will benefit you, your neighborhood, and your pet. There are many good reasons to keep your dog on a leash.

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.It’s the law! The law is in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury. This information is courtesy of The Bill Foundation. SOURCE. 

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