In most counties and cities in Arkansas, There are ordinances and regulations regarding family canine companions to be leashed so pet owners can maintain control of their dogs.  For citizens of Heber Springs, this is no exception, but the City of Heber Springs leash law can be somewhat confusing.  The question is often asked, “Does Heber Springs have a leash law?”  If so, what are the laws regarding control of family dogs?  What is considered to be “at large.”?  The definition are as stated in the Heber Springs animal ordinance. 

At large is a dog that is off the premises of the owner without restraint by leash or other like device attached to the animal’s collar, held by a person competent to control said animal. 

The ordinance also states that dogs are considered to be at large when it is on the premises of the owner/keeper without restraint by leash or other like device attached to the animal’s collar and not supervision of a responsible person. 

What does it mean to maintain control of an individual’s dog?

According to the ordinance, a dog is considered to be under control if it is on the property of the owner, under direct supervision of a responsible person, and the animal remains on the property without becoming a threat to others.  A dog is considered to be under control if it is confined to the property by a physical structure, such as within a house, garage, fence, or other buildings on the property.  Of course, an individual’s pet is considered under control as long as it is secured by a leash and/or lead to prevent the animal from leaving the property of the owner. 

And last, if an individual is to leave their property for any reason, their dog must be confined to the property to prevent it from leaving the property while the owner is absent. 

The next question often asked is, “Does this also apply to cats within the city limits?”  The answer is no.  The City of Heber Springs leash law does not apply to cats.  Though the law doesn’t apply to cats, residents are asked to please keep your family cat from becoming a nuisance to the public and/or neighbors.  Please make every attempt to keep your cat on your property. 

For more information regarding the Heber Springs animal ordnance, citizens are asked to visit the City of Heber Springs website. 

www.cityofhebersprings.com