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Dog attack prompts review of Southold laws

Town Beach is on North Road and overlooks

Town Beach is on North Road and overlooks the Long Island Sound. During the summer, restrooms, a picnic area and playground are available for visitors. (Feb. 16, 2011) Credit: Erin Geismar

Southold will take a look at its ordinances on allowing dogs in town recreational areas, after discovering that a part of its code does not allow pets on those areas at all, despite many residents taking their dogs to parks and beaches.

Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said the goal of creating a new town code will allow for some access to beaches and parks for dogs, but with restrictions, such as time of day.

It will also most likely include a leash requirement, he said.

The look at the code came after a Mattituck resident said at a town board meeting last month that he was attacked by two dogs while walking on a beach.

At the time, the town board thought the law allowed dogs on town properties as long as they were “under the owner’s control,” but a separate section of town code forbids pets on those properties all together.

“We need to find some middle ground,” Russell said at Tuesday night’s town board meeting.

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