All of Lake County has a major issue that is both a health hazard and a blight on ongoing efforts to enhance rural tourism – a culture of complacency when it comes to proper care of pets.

It seems a stark contrast for an area so rich with agricultural opportunities and know-how to see so many people brazenly flaunting the law by failing to properly secure their animals; yet on a daily basis it is nearly impossible to ignore the number of dogs roaming free on streets from New Pine Creek to Christmas Valley. Deer making their home inside town boundaries is one thing, but there is no excuse for not obeying Lake County and Town of Lakeview ordinances requiring dogs to either be on a leash, secured indoors, or in a fenced area at all times.

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