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Saturday, December 20, 2008

There is No Leash Law In Connecticut

Nope, no leash law. Instead, how the law in Connecticut reads is as follows:

"No owner or keeper of any dog shall allow such dog to roam at large upon the land of another and not under control of the owner or keeper or the agent of the owner or keeper, nor allow such dog to roam at large on any portion of any public highway and not attended or under control of such owner or keeper or his agent, provided nothing in this section shall be construed to limit or prohibit the use of hunting dogs during the open hunting or training season."

The essence of the law states that the dog has to be under the control of the owner at all times. This means that even if a dog is leashed, and jumping on people or creating a disturbance of some type, the owner is still liable because the dog is not under their control.

This morning, I am on my morning constitutional. There is new fallen snow everywhere and I am becoming frustrated because my normal spots for smelling, marking, and eliminating are buried. My feet are also getting wet. I am not amused because I can't walk on the sidewalks; we spend most of our time walking in the street. We pass one house on our walk that has a pit pull mix. His people are outside, shoveling their walk and their driveway. He is outside with them.

And he is loose.

As we come around the corner, the father of the family picks up the dog and starts to move him toward the house. We keep walking. There is an elderly man shoveling is walk at the house on the corner at the bottom of the road. The Woman waves to him as we approach. We then hear shouts from behind us, saying stop stop! and The Woman and I turn around to see why people are shouting.

The dog is loose and heading right toward me.

We are standing on a downhill slope of an icy road. There is a dog running toward me, not in a manner of suggesting play. There is The Woman, an elderly man, and the father and a young son chasing after their dog who is headed right toward me. I brace myself for the attack.

And The Woman drops the leash. She states to the family as their dog and I meet, that I am not going to back down from this fight.

And she is 100% correct in this assessment.

The pit bullish dog and I are fighting. There were growls and barks, teeth and claws. The family is trying to get to their dog; The Woman is regrabbing the leash as they are trying to pull their dog away so she can pull me away. This is when the other dog gets a hold of my tail- the tip of my tail to be exact, and does not let go.

Nobody sniffs, smells, or touches my butt without my permission.

This gives me full opportunity to create mayhem. I am now able to get a good attack on the dog, and in the battle, somehow either a tooth or a claw slashes the other dog's shoulder. The pitbull mix may be a strong dog, but I am lightning bolts faster in my ability to run around him and maintain my footing. He got some fur from my thick undercoat; I got one of his legs. As the family arrived and grabbed their dog, I was aiming for his neck but The Woman had the leash in check and I was back by her side.

She makes me sit.

The assessment of both dogs was done, and I was unharmed. Irritated but unharmed. I am upset by the changes in my neighborhood and now I had to reestablish my lordship of the neighborhood as well. I am not amused as The Woman looks me over to check for damage.

As the family walks back up the hill with their dog, the child was saying to the dog, "Bad Dog! Bad Boy!" which had no effect on the dog, but I suppose the child felt better saying that. The father was apologizing, and holding his dog in his arms.

And the elderly man who watched the whole fight suddenly says, "You know, there are leash laws in Connecticut," to his neighbor from up the road.

Yes, but technically no. The point is, though, that they had no control of their dog. He did not stop when they called him, he left his property, and he created a nuisance. I was defending myself and The Woman. There is a distinctive difference.

I Am Shiba. I Don't Start Fights But I Do Finish Them.


Blogger Masako said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the drama on your morning constitutional. But, I'm happy to hear that Cortez is fine and uninjured. Shibas are tough little dogs. One of our female Shibas schooled my sister's pit bull... It was not pretty, and we always kept the dogs apart since the incident. The pit ended up with a bloody mouth, and our Shiba lost some of her undercoat. Thank goodness for that fur!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I find this situation completely upsetting and totally unacceptable.

I am very glad to hear that Cortez was not hurt.

I sincerely hope that this teaches that stupid human and family a lesson. Regardless of the laws, common sense, knowing your pet and general responsibility has to come in play.

Chest scratching to you, Cortez.
Kisses on the top of your head.

Nikko's Mama

3:12 PM  
Blogger Hana said...

Talk about ruining a perfectly good morning constitutional! I'm glad you're ok and the other dog is too!
Shibas are tough little dogs- C.C. is the boss of every dog in the neighborhood (and thinks she's the boss of the cats too...) and has gotten in some quibbles before. Thank goodness for that fluffy undercoat!

6:16 PM  
Blogger Diane of the dogs said...

I hate loose dogs no matter the breed. It just plain ruins all exercise plans

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Mary said...

I think this is terrible. I own a pit bull and walk her all of the time ON LEASH. I walk in state parks where there are signs that state "Dogs must be on leash." I find it completely unfair that every moron that walks "with" their dog does not find that the sign applies to them. My dog has been attacked by a springer and a lab on separate occasions. Both times with my dog on leash while the owner is yelling at a distance that their dog is friendly. I wish there was some recourse for someone like me. What am I suppose to do, call the cops?

4:50 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do dog owners think with. Just because their dog is good with them does not mean their dog will be good with every other person, small child or dog. It is so aggravating to be walking your dog and have another strange dog approach. My dog gets very protective of me and would fight. My dog loves to walk, but in my neighborhood, the park, hiking trails, beach walk and even the athletic fields, I have come across irresponsible owners who just let their dog(s) run free regardless of signs that state: " Dogs must be on a leash". It is very frustrating.

PS Finding dog poop littered about in these public places is also a sign of irresponsible pet owners.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in a town in CT and in my small neighborhood there is a dalmatian that is allowed to roam all our properties. My mini schnauzer is only let out on a leash on my property and that dog comes over and almost attacks him. I have called the dog warden (did nothing) yelled at the owners (did nothing) so I bought a spray for dogs like this. Haven't used it yet but I will if I need to.

7:46 PM  

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