87-year-old Lakewood woman dumbfounded over city’s retractable dog leash ban

87-year-old Lakewood woman dumbfounded over city’s retractable dog leash ban

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Lakewood has a dog leash law where no retractable leashes are allowed.

Simply put, they are banned.

87-year-old Lakewood woman dumbfounded over city’s retractable dog leash ban

Fay Olson, 87, was stopped recently for using retractable leashes on her two small dogs, Boo and Lulu.

“I called Rocky River...and they don’t have that law about leashes. I called Westlake, I called Avon--only Lakewood has this law,” said Olson.

The law was put in place in May 2018. The dog warden said it’s about safety and that the retractable leashes can break easily.

The new law requires an owner to have a leash no longer than 6 feet and most restractable leashes can go farther.

The city wants the owner to have total control of their dog at all times.

“It’s just easier, you know? Pushing a button and pulling your dog back rather than using no retractable leashes," said Phyllis Dutton.

She believes she has more control on the retractable.

The two women presented their arguments to the Lakewood Animal Advisory Committee at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Olson believes this new ban is in place because of a previous pit bull ban the city recently lifted.

“The pit bull people wore down the board saying: ‘Our dogs are wonderful, you can’t ban them from Lakewood,’ and they finally gave up and so all the other rules came in for the rest of us.” Olson said.

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