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February 11, 2012

RPMT reports that so-called e-leash violates Orange County leash law

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The following information was released by the Rossmoor Predator Management Team (RPMT). The first part is an inquiry about an e-leash. The second part is RPMT’s response, written by Rebecca Lara.

I just confronted a man with an unleashed dog jogging down Mainway he said his dog has a e- leash and she’s a hunting dog! Go figure check it out is that legal?

[Name withheld]

Excellent Question! I contacted the Orange County Animal Control with your question. Here is Director Drabek’s Response:

Ms. Lara, Orange County Codified Ordinance 4-1-45 states, “No person owning or having charge, care, custody, or control of any dog shall cause or permit, either willfully or through failure to exercise due care or control, any such dog to be upon any public property unless such dog be restrained by a substantial chain, or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length, and is under the charge of a person competent to exercise care, custody, and control over such dog, unless the owner or operator of such public property grants written permission for such dog to be on such property without such chain or leash.”

Please note that it refers to a “substantial chain, or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length…”. The reference to the length as it relates to a leash or chain means a physical attachment to the dog and not just the distance to and from the owner. In fact, because the law specifies 6 feet in length, it is also possible that someone walking their dog on a leash that extends further than 6 feet may be in violation of the Ordinance. All this said, use of an ‘electrical leash’ would in fact be violating the County’s ‘leash law’ Ordinance.

restrained by a substantial chain, or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length

When seeing an off leash dog and owner, do not confront the owner but rather, call O.C. Animal Care at:

Hours of operation Phone Number
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily 714-935-6848 or 949-249-5160
5 p.m. to 8 a.m. nightly 714-935-7158

I was also told by Director Drabek that if you are able to get a picture and the address of the owner, Orange County Animal Care will send an officer to the owner’s home to investigate.

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