leash law


: an ordinance requiring dogs to be restrained when not confined to their owner's property

Examples of leash law in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dog owners who violate leash laws are subject to a $300 fine, according to the city’s municipal code. Kate Armanini, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2024 Sandy Springs officers found a loophole in the city’s leash laws to lead a deer to safety after the animal was struck by a bus, according to a post shared on the department’s Facebook page on April 10. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 Successful public health campaigns included leash laws, the use of animal shelters and vaccinations. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 The ordinance says the leash law is a way to prevent animals from biting a person or another animal. Heather Hunter, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2024 Experiences like that are prompting residents across the county to call for a crackdown on people who violate leash laws by letting their dogs run free in neighborhood parks and on beaches. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2023 The dappled, multi-breed Happy has entered our lives and reminded me of the importance of leash laws and the temptation of dogs to break free. cleveland, 12 Sep. 2023 Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff Boston’s enforcement of the leash law — which carries fines up to $100 — is spotty at best. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2023 Boston’s City Council first considered a leash law in 1967. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leash law was in 1966

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“Leash law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash%20law. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

leash law

: a law and especially an ordinance requiring that a dog be restrained when not confined to its owner's property
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