WSS Police Remind Residents About Leash Ordinance

On August 13, the White Sulphur Springs Police Department posted the following to their Facebook page:

“The … Department wishes to remind citizens that there is an ordinance against dogs running at large within city limits. This has become quite an issue and the officers have tried to be patient with this problem. However, it has now gotten out of hand. Citations will be issued to anyone who has allowed their dogs to run at large off of their own property. Below are copies of ordinances dealing with this issue and a copy of the penalty that may be imposed.”

505.08 PERMITTING ANIMALS OR FOWL TO RUN AT LARGE — No person shall permit any animal or fowl owned, harbored or maintained by him to run at large within the City limits.

505.11 DOGS. (c) – Running at Large Prohibited; Dogs on Leash. Any person who owns, keeps or harbors a dog within the City shall keep such dog confined to the premises owned or occupied by him and shall not permit such dog to run at large; provided, that a dog shall not be deemed to be at large when held on leash by and under the control of a responsible person and while displaying on its collar a currently valid registration tag and currently valid vaccination tag as provided in West Va. Code 19-20A-4.

505.99 PENALTY (a) – Whoever violates any provision of this Part Five – General Offenses Code for which no other penalty is provided shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. Each day such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

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