Why does the leash law exist?

The leash law is important in order to protect the community's health and prevent the pain and suffering that is caused to both animals and humans by free-roaming pets.

  • Animals roaming free are more likely to come into contact with known rabies carriers such as skunks and raccoons. They are also more likely to spread parasites and other diseases to animals and humans.
  • Each year, free-roaming animals cause millions of dollars in insurance claims, property loss and damage, medical bills, and loss of productivity. Animal bite injuries, property damage, and car accidents are major problems caused by animals allowed to run at large.
  • Animals allowed to roam contribute markedly to pet overpopulation. Millions of pets are euthanized each year at animal shelters, humane societies, and ASPCAs in efforts to just keep up with the burgeoning pet population in our nation. Free-roaming, unaltered dogs breed indiscriminately and add to this already tragic situation. In addition to contributing to pet overpopulation, packs of dogs pursuing a female in the season become more aggressive and will bite more readily.

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1. What is the "leash law" in Wichita?
2. Why does the leash law exist?
3. What is a rabies quarantine?
4. What is rabies?
5. How is rabies transmitted?
6. Which animals are at greatest risk of getting rabies?
7. What is being done to control rabies?
8. Which animals are not likely to have rabies?