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Posted: October 3, 2013 8:30 p.m.

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Oxford dogs need to be on leashes

Given their inability to read the city code, some dogs in Oxford have been causing consternation by wandering off into the property of other residents.

So Oxford city officials are reminding local owners that the city has a leash law: All dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and if a dog is not on the owner’s property, it must be on a leash.

Mayor Jerry Roseberry sent out a letter recently in the city’s utility bills.

"We have received a number of reports of dogs running loose in the street and entering the property of others. This can be dangerous for people and animals," Roseberry said in the letter. "Oxford police will be enforcing the leash law, and repeat offenders will be issued citations to appear in court. Let’s all be good pet owners and good neighbors."

City Manager Bob Schwartz said the city hasn’t reached the stage of giving citations because all of the owners have been cooperative when informed of the law.

"Some dogs hadn’t read the law and were getting out and around, and because we are a small town, the police chief knocks on the door and says, ‘Gabe, your dog is getting out.’ So far, they’ve all agreed to keep their dogs inside the fence and on a leash … (It) took a little while to identify the last one of the roving dogs. Dogs don’t tell you where they’re from," Schwartz said.

Oxford’s city code can be read in PDF form on the city’s website at The maximum penalty for a person who breaks a city law – unless the penalty is specifically stated in the code – is a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment not to exceed six months, as decided by the Oxford Municipal Judge.

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