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Talk of leash law in Lamar County

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LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Leash laws were a topic of discussion earlier this week in the Lamar County Board of Supervisors meeting.

It is something the county does not have, however with the right aspects, it could become a reality in the future.

“There’s not a concurrence that we would ever put an ordinance in place that would enact a leash law for the entire county,” Lamar County District 4 Supervisor Phillip Carlisle said. “That’s not to say we don’t have a problem with some of these more vicious dogs, as well as some recent attacks.”

In the last year, Carlisle said there have been six or more reported in his district, some of those from the Lake Serene Neighborhood.

“I think I get more calls from the Lake Serene area, Lake Serene is an older neighborhood, some of those people have lived there for 40 years, before it was so populated and there kind of accustom to the dogs running,” Carlisle said. 

Last year, one attack that happened injured Debbie Petro-Barlow while she was campaigning in Lake Serene.

“These dogs came out and got closer and were barking and I think they kind of took on each other and aggressively started biting me and attacking me,” said Lamar County resident Debbie Petro-Barlow. “I was very lucky, it could have been a lot worse, especially had I gotten knocked down to the ground.”

Petro-Barlow suffered injuries to her arms, legs and back.

She said after that attack, her input on leash laws in the county changed.

“Before this, it really wasn’t a main topic that I thought much about, but now, yes I definitely think it is something that Lamar County residents really need to take up and push, I think it will make neighborhoods safer,” Petro-Barlow said. 

“Lamar County is a mixed county, you have a lot of subdivisions where it could probably be warranted but you’ve got an awful lot of rural area that there is really not a need for a leash law,” District 1 Supervisor Steve Lampton said. 

A topic supervisors agreed on is that Homeowner's Associations of platted neighborhoods need to take all the action they can, and also have it in the covenants for each subdivision.

“I might consider supporting it if its applicable to platted subdivisions, and what we try to do in Lamar County, I think is what a lot of other counties do we really try to encourage our Home Owners Associations to adopt covenants that protect its own citizens,” Carlisle said. 

Currently if there is an issue in the county with a dog attack, you can report it to local authorities, and you can take the matter to justice court and file charges.

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