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Prescott Valley Police urge dog owners to leash, license and vaccinate their canines

In this file image, Cassy Salinas plays with Sawyer at Mountain View High School on Nov. 19, 2019 in Mesa. The Prescott Valley PD Animal Control Division urges dog owners to leash, license and vaccinate their dogs against rabies in compliance with Town of Prescott Valley Town Ordinance Chapter Six. (Carly Bowling/The Arizona Republic via AP)

In this file image, Cassy Salinas plays with Sawyer at Mountain View High School on Nov. 19, 2019 in Mesa. The Prescott Valley PD Animal Control Division urges dog owners to leash, license and vaccinate their dogs against rabies in compliance with Town of Prescott Valley Town Ordinance Chapter Six. (Carly Bowling/The Arizona Republic via AP)

The Prescott Valley PD Animal Control Division urges dog owners to leash, license and vaccinate their dogs against rabies in compliance with Town of Prescott Valley Town Ordinance Chapter Six.

The Town of Prescott Valley requires that all dogs be restrained by a leash not to exceed 6 feet in length when not on the owner’s property. The only exception to this rule is when the dogs are at the local dog park in the fenced area. However, the owner is still expected to be able to control the dog if necessary. Retractable leashes that allow dogs to move farther than 6 feet away from the owners are not an exception to this law. All citizens who bring their dogs out into public places will be held accountable for their dog’s behavior and are responsible for cleaning up after their dog. Not all citizens are comfortable with being confronted by your dog, even a friendly, well-socialized one. This is the reason for the 6-foot leash, to allow the owner to keep control of the dog.

A person may own no more than four dogs in the Town of Prescott Valley. All dogs residing within the Town of Prescott Valley are expected to be licensed. Dogs are licensed online through https://www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/pva/license-online.

In order to obtain a dog license in Prescott Valley, a dog must have a current rabies vaccination. It is recommended to get a dog vaccinated against corona, distemper and parvo as well, but the rabies vaccine is the only one required by law. There are low-cost clinics held in various parts of the quad-city area that will vaccinate your pet for a reasonable fee.

Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system of mammals, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes, although any mammal can get rabies. If an unvaccinated dog is bitten by a wild animal, such as a skunk or a raccoon (which are plentiful in Prescott Valley), that animal must be quarantined at a humane society location for six months at the owner’s expense, which can be very costly. Home quarantine is not an option. The only other option is for the dog to be euthanized and the head removed and sent to a lab for testing.

Dogs bring beautiful qualities to our lives, serving as our comforters and our companions. Following the town laws governing leash laws, licensing and vaccinations protects our canine friends and respects the safety and personal freedoms of all citizens within our community.

Information provided by the Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control Division.

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