I feel that the state of Georgia needs a tough leash law when it comes to dogs being outside. I live in a small community called Odum, GA. My neighborhood (I have lived here for close to 3 years) was ideal until one of my neighbors decided to get him a pit bull dog. The neighborhood has become a nightmare as a result.
The dog has come upon a small child, frightened her to tears, and nearly came close to biting her. He has come at a couple of my neighbors who have since moved. And the dog has actually bitten me once. It wasn't a deep wound, but I definitely felt the teeth. There was no blood, luckily. This dog has also chased big sized trucks and is real aggressive. The dog's owner is the former chief of police for this town, who you would think would be cognizant of county laws - including a so-called "leash" law that's supposed to be in effect.
He no more cares what that dog is doing, let alone where that dog goes. The dog roams fancy free throughout this neighborhood and has killed one of my neighbor's pug puppies. It would do no good to talk to the owner. His brother in law works in law enforcement for Wayne County and would probably help him cover the whole thing up. You could prove to me that any ordinance in this county is enforced, let alone this so-called "leash" law that dogs outside are supposed to be on a leash.
A close friend of mine wanted to give me a kitten, but I'm afraid to have any pet. I would have to keep the cat indoors, but I know the cat would want to go outside. As the dog roams the neighborhood, I would fear for the cat - and would no doubt end up causing a confrontation or worse with my neighbor if something were to happen to the cat.
I drive a motorcycle and/or walk to work (I live one mile away). Getting there or getting home has become a nightmare. The dog has nearly caused me to wreck. I'm at the end of my rope and can't deal with this much longer.
I doubt anyone reading this has any answers, but I needed to get this off my chest.