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Foothills Leash Law Backlash

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There are two words you can say in Boise that are guaranteed to get people riled up: Foothills and dogs. Unfortunately for one City of Boise committee, it said both and unwittingly unleashed a torrent of cantankerous canine lovers. When the Foothills Working Group suggested that leash laws needed to be expanded to address concerns about out-of-control dogs on popular trails, dog owners were howling mad. They claimed the Foothills were the only place where their dogs could break away from the rigors of city life. Others said it was about time owners took responsibility for their dogs and their dogs' messes. The protest postponed any definitive decision, but the city did step up enforcement of existing regulations. This is one fight that's probably not going to end anytime soon.

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