Hanover County to Ban Dangerous Animals in Homes

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HANOVER – Hanover
Supervisor Sean Davis says the county is on board to keep dangerous animals out
of ordinary homes.

“The average citizen
doesn't know the extreme dangers that these animals pose to our community,”
he says. “We're not talking about Labrador retrievers here, what we're
talking about is exotic dangerous animals – lions, large cats,
chimpanzees.”

Davis says legislation
could go to the general assembly next year but says for Hanover County, the
issue hits close to home.

“Some adult
chimpanzees got out, created an extremely dangerous situation for the
community, created a very difficult situation for our sheriff's office.”

Davis didn't give
specifics on exactly which animals qualify as dangerous, but says certain
exotic animal mishaps that have happened across the country could play a role
in the general assembly's decision.

“Legislation doesn't
stop anybody from doing anything, but this does give the localities the tools
that we need. So I think it can certainly help.”

The board plans to discuss
their support in a supervisors meeting Wednesday night.

 

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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