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Worcester County Mulls Tougher Dog Laws

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BERLIN, Md. (AP) — Worcester County officials are considering changes to the county’s dog laws.

The discussion comes amid a handful of attacks by loose and apparently dangerous dogs.

Animal control officer Susan Rantz tells the Daily Times of Salisbury that she’s recommended ways to strengthen the laws.

County Commissioner Judy Boggs says officials are considering changes but want to make sure whatever law they pass is enforceable.

In the county, a threatening dog is classified as “potentially dangerous.” A dog involved in a second incident is labeled “dangerous” and must be muzzled and leashed when outside the owner’s property. If the dog again attacks another animal or has another similar incident, the owner may be fined $2,500.

But Rantz says current law doesn’t allow the county to seize a dog.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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