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The Dothan Police Departmentís Animal Sevices Division


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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Mar 13 2014 7:08 PM

The Dothan


The Dothan Police Department’s Animal Services Division is proud to announce a new program about dog safety called “The Yellow Ribbon Leash Campaign”. This program, widely used around the Country in dog parks and public areas was designed as an awareness campaign to help protect our citizens against dog bites. What we are asking dog owners to do is to tie a yellow ribbon onto your dog’s leash, about half way up, if you want to alert others to the fact that people should not approach your dog, with or without their canine companions or their children. Other people should then give the dog’s owner time to get out of your way, thus preventing any unnecessary contact or possible bite. There are many reasons that the ribbons can be used, but here are a few important ones:


 


1)    The dog is in training


2)    The dog may be shy or protective of his owner and bite you because it doesn’t know you.


3)    The dog may have been previously abused and is being rehabilitated. That means the dog may be afraid and may bite you as a natural reaction from past experiences.


4)    The dog may just not like other dogs or doesn’t like being sniffed by other dogs.


 


The Animal Services Division will be handing out notices to the most widely used pet-friendly places for posting as a reminder to everyone. And most importantly of all…we ask that every parent teach your children what the yellow ribbon on a leash means! If you see that ribbon….WAIT!...give the dog owner a chance to get out of your way. And NEVER, EVER approach a dog that you don’t know without asking the owner first!


 


For more information, please contact the Dothan Animal Shelter, 334-615-4620


about dog safety called “The Yellow Ribbon Leash Campaign”. This program, widely used around the Country in dog parks and public areas was designed as an awareness campaign to help protect our citizens against dog bites. What we are asking dog owners to do is to tie a yellow ribbon onto your dog’s leash, about half way up, if you want to alert others to the fact that people should not approach your dog, with or without their canine companions or their children. Other people should then give the dog’s owner time to get out of your way, thus preventing any unnecessary contact or possible bite. There are many reasons that the ribbons can be used, but here are a few important ones:


 


1)    The dog is in training


2)    The dog may be shy or protective of his owner and bite you because it doesn’t know you.


3)    The dog may have been previously abused and is being rehabilitated. That means the dog may be afraid and may bite you as a natural reaction from past experiences.


4)    The dog may just not like other dogs or doesn’t like being sniffed by other dogs.


 


The Animal Services Division will be handing out notices to the most widely used pet-friendly places for posting as a reminder to everyone. And most importantly of all…we ask that every parent teach your children what the yellow ribbon on a leash means! If you see that ribbon….WAIT!...give the dog owner a chance to get out of your way. And NEVER, EVER approach a dog that you don’t know without asking the owner first!


 


For more information, please contact the Dothan Animal Shelter, 334-615-4620


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