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Constables, JPs Gather To Discuss Smith County's Leash Law

One day after a Smith County deputy constable was attacked by a pit bull county officials gathered to discuss the county's leash law.   Precinct 2 constable Natalie Jay was bitten by the animal yesterday on Water Ridge Loop in the Lakeway Harbor subdivision.   Jay was one of more than half a dozen constables officers on hand for today's meeting. The group discussed the current county leash law, including the definition for a dangerous dog. Several of the constables suggested that more personnel is needed.  

"Dogs are dangerous weapons. They can kill people as we've seen with the recent news stories.  Anytime we go out on them we are dealing with a deadly weapon," said Jay.

"We don't have enough officers to properly enforce that across the county. We have two officers now that are running all over the county trying to answer animal control calls, so I think we're gonna have to look at a better enforcement through increased funding to put more officers on the ground," said  Smith County Precinct 1 commissioner Joann Fleming.

This is one of several meetings held dealing with stray and dangerous animals.  On Monday, commissioners are set to hold a discussion on how to make the county-wide leash law more enforceable.    

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.


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