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      Stray dogs roaming Dougherty County

      Animal Control Officer Tamara Peircey says they get 30 to 40 calls about stray dogs every month. / Courtney Highfield

      People in Dougherty County have been calling animal control and reporting stray or roaming dogs where they live. Animal Control is trying to educate owners on the leash law and why it's important not to let a dog run free but unfortunately there's not too much else they can do.

      Animal Control Officer Tamara Peircey says they get 30 to 40 calls about stray dogs every month. This means many people aren't abiding by the county's leash law. Peircey told FOX 31 they require a fence, pen, run line, or an invisible fence.

      More often than not it's a stray dog but there are dogs that Peircey refers to as escape artists. Her advice to owners is, "if they're climbers you can put electric wire around the top of the fence or build a higher fence. Some of them dig under, the electric wires work for that. Some of them chew tethers so get tethers that are cables or something instead of rope."

      If you see a stray dog roaming around, don't approach it. Peircey says you should walk away and call animal control because you don't know if that dog is friendly or has some kind of disease.

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