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Lebanon tightens leash on dog law

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

The warm weather means more midstaters will be venturing outside with their dogs. In Lebanon, city officials want people to know there are some new rules for taking their dog on a walk.

The laws come on the heels of a deadly dog attack. Dixie, a beagle, and her owner, Bonnie Rosenkrans, were enjoying a walk in the city of last June when an unleashed dog ran toward them.

"Before I knew it, it had gotten her. I turned around and there it was. The guy took it off of her, but it was too late," said Rosenkrans. "We had to take her to the vet to put her to sleep."

Rosenkrans knew what the city laws said. Dogs had to be under control, but not necessarily on a leash. After Dixie's accident, she said she could not allow something like it to happen to another dog.

"That's just me. I'm scared now because of it," said Rosenkrans. "That's what we went to city council for, to enact a leash law. I said, 'is there anything I can do to do that?' "

City council answered and rewrote the dog ordinance. Now, dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet while in public.

City officials said they have handed out a few citations, but as the weather gets warmer, they expect to hand out more fines.

"The police have more of a substance when they encounter any dog running loose or without a leash or whatever, there's more of a fine," said Rosenkrans. "We were really grateful for it happening."

People are also responsible for keeping their dogs from getting loose and barking incessantly.

Fines for disobeying the new ordinance range from $25-$300.

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