Nova Scotia

Halifax councillor tries to put dogs on a short leash

A Halifax councillor says it's time to review the city's animal control bylaws.

A Halifax councillor says it's time to review the city's animal control bylaws.

Reg Rankin says he's been getting complaints from homeowners in the Clayton Park area about expandable leashes that allow dogs to walk a considerable distance away from their owners. 

Rankin said those types of leash can cause a couple of problems.

"The length of the leash allowed dogs to go to further into private yards and defecate and then leave the stuff behind. Also, if it's too long it allows an unruly dog to be more free to lunge at a person," he said.

Other municipalities in Canada and the United States have placed limits on the length of a leash.

Rankin said he plans to raise the issue at a community council meeting on Monday night.