Delaware officials are cracking down on dogs running freely without a leash in Dover.
Dover City Council members last week passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for anyone to allow their unleashed dog to run at-large within city limits.
The change brings city law into accordance with the state's code. It requires all dogs to be licensed and leashed at all times.
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Those in violation of the new law could face a fine of at least $50. Loose dogs may be impounded or, in the case of a particularly vicious dog that attacks a police officer or animal control officer, could be killed.
The city would be required to notify owners of impounded dogs through written communication or with public notices.