Hanover proposes ordinance to address animal issues

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Hanover County leaders are hosting a public hearing on a proposed ordinance intended to regulate nuisance behaviors when it comes to animals.

The plan follows a series of high profile animal attacks.

If the board of supervisors decides to adopt this ordinance, it will allow the county to step in when animal owners aren't exercising proper care and control.

Dogs running at large and attacks on animals including a kangaroo in the Rockville area prompted citizens to ask for action.

Under the proposed ordinance, attacking livestock and other animals on two or more occasions would constitute a nuisance, unless it happens on the owner's property.

Chasing, threatening or harassing cars, bikes or people on any public or private right of way would also qualify as a nuisance.

Hanover County Supervisor John Gordon explained the purpose of this ordinance.

"This is not intended to interfere with an individuals rights to enjoy pet ownership, animal ownership, but it is designed to encourage them to take more responsibility for those animals so they do not have a negative impact on their neighbors," Gordon said.

Violation of the nuisance animal ordinance would constitute a civil penalty and carry a fine of up to $250.

The public hearing about this issue is Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building at the Hanover Courthouse Complex.

It is possible the board of supervisors will take action.

We'll keep you posted on what happens.

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