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These Are Troubling Times

The temporary leash law means that if a dog is off the property of its owner it must be leashed. Previously if a dog was off-leash and off the property of its owner it had to respond to the commands “come, sit and stay”. Rarely did this work.           This meant that a dog was not under control and needed to be on a leash.
Since the covid restrictions the number of people on our trails has increased significantly. Not all of these walkers, bikers and joggers feel comfortable being approached by a dog or multiple dogs. These people have the right to enjoy the trails as well. We have been avoiding instituting a leash law for some time. However, the number of bites/menacing reports has been increasing.
     Many private parcels of land in Groton, for example Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife, Groton School, Department of Conservation and Recreation and Audubon Society have either instituted a leash law or banned dogs altogether.
     These are troubling times.
 
George Moore
Groton Animal Control
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