By RANDY HOOVER
Glade Safety Chief
For The Vista
Dogs running at large (NOT ON A LEASH OR NOT IN AN ENCLOSURE) is a very important topic and was discussed in the November 3-9 and December 1-7, 2013 Chief’s Report.
However, Public Safety continues to get reports of people not keeping dogs on a leash when outside the home.
According to Tennessee State Law, it is unlawful for any person knowingly to permit any dog owned by that person or under that person’s control or that may be habitually found on the premises occupied by that person to run at large. Please see Tennessee Code Annotated 44-8-408, and Title 10 of the Animal Control Section of the Tennessee State Law for more information.
All dog owners should be aware of subsection (b) of T.C.A. 44-8-408 that states, the owner of a dog commits an offense if the dog goes uncontrolled by the owner upon the premises of another without the consent of the owner of the premises or other person authorized to give consent or goes uncontrolled by the owner upon a highway, public road, street or any other place that is generally open to the public.
If your dog goes in your neighbor’s yard or someone else’s property without that person’s permission, you are in violation of Tennessee State Law T.C.A 44-8-408.
Some exceptions to this law do apply under subsection (c).
All dog owners should read the entire law on dogs running at large.
Please respect the rights of others by not allowing your dog to run at large.