Manassas considers tightening leash laws
Kids have it so easy these days. In Manassas, they soon may be able to get out of walking their dogs.
City leaders want to make it a requirement that only responsible adults be the ones walking their canine friends, NBC Washington reported Thursday.
"We have had situations in the past where a big dog was being walked by a [small] child," who was unable to control the animal, animal control officer Karen Hayo told Manassas City Council members Monday evening.
I can't help but think that we've become so obsessed with shielding ourselves from every hazard that we're missing out in other ways. I know I learned responsibility, loyalty, and the other virtues from long walks with my dog.
But one Manassas woman recently reported having to jump on the top of a car to escape two stray pit bulls who had gotten loose. City leaders have proposed impounding and sterilizing dogs if they are caught running loose three times in two years to prevent situations like these.
What do you think? Should dogs be walked by adults that can handle them? Or should parents take the risk and let their kid walk Fido?
| February 17, 2011; 9:31 AM ET
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