WILMINGTON -- New Hanover County has tightened its leash law. County commissioners voted four-to-one to place more rigid rules to the county's existing leash law. People who restrain their pets are now required to keep a close watch on their four-legged friends. Owners are also prohibited from securing pets on private property without supervision. It's legislation that's getting mixed reviews from local residents. Dog owner Peter Frenzel said, "It's better to err on the side of caution, and I guess, for the public's sake and the dog's sake, it would be a good idea." Dog owner Bob Brennan said, "There should be a better solution, but I think until people can solve the problems themselves, I think that's why you get governments coming in and telling people what to do" Officials say the law has been in place since 1994, but has been amended to include more details in its definition.
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