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DeKalb County Animal Services offering free dog leashes to pet owners

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DeKalb County Animal Services offering free dog leashes to pet owners

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Photo provided by Run With the Dogs 5k.

DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement is currently offering free dog leashes to pet owners in an effort to reduce the number of stray and roaming dogs, according to a county press release.

Each month, Animal Services receives approximately 1,000 calls for service, with 80 percent of those calls relating to stray and roaming animals, according to the county.

Now, Animal Services has purchased 2,600 leashes and has placed 100 leashes in each of the 26 DeKalb County Fire Rescue stations. The leashes are currently being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We want to reduce that statistic by making these free leashes accessible,” Xan Rawls, director of DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement, said. “Hopefully, dog owners will restrain their dogs and help us reduce the number of stray and roaming dogs impounded.”

Additionally, Animal Services encourages dog owners to ensure that all pets have identification tags, collars or microchips with the owner’s correct contact information. If a dog is identified by a tag or microchip, Animal Services will try to return the dog to its home rather than impound it. 

For a list of the DeKalb County Fire Rescue stations, go here and click “Fire Stations and Facilities.”

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