The majority of towns and public spaces across the United States have laws for leashing dogs while they’re out in public. Failing to adhere to these laws could wind up with you being cited by law enforcement and fined for your actions.
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If you do decide to break the law and let your dog off of its leash, you’re liable for any damage they do as a result of being out of your control. What happens if your dog becomes scared and bites another person? What if they run into the road and cause a car accident?
You need to consider all of these possibilities and how they could come back to haunt you after you drop the leash. Having to pay someone’s hospital bills or insurance excess could amount to tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damages – and that’s not including the legal fines involved.
In some cases, if your dog bites a person, the court may require your pet to be put down. In this case, a fun walk in the park can turn into a nightmare where you lose your furry friend forever.