Oregon park rangers seek change in leash law

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Oregon park rangers say a loophole in the leash rule is allowing some dog owners to let their pets run free.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department spokesman Richard Walkoski said there have been instances when a person is walking through the park with their dog running around and a park ranger will tell them to put their dog on a leash. Then the person puts the leash on the dog and lets the animal run.

The Statesman Journal reported Sunday that rangers are seeking a change to the rule next week when the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission meets.

They want to add language that specifies a person must maintain control of the animal.