Loose livestock causing issues in Dinwiddie County

DINWIDDIE, Va. (WRIC) — Livestock on the loose is causing a big problem for animal control officers in Dinwiddie County.

Chief Animal Warden Alvin Langley said his department has seen an increase in the number of calls related to loose livestock in the road.

Some animals include horses, cows, horses, chickens, pigs, goats and sheep.

“I get people’s gardens are being eaten up, the yards are being rooted up,” Langley explained.

Langley blames residents who get livestock animals, but fail to take care of them.

“If they don’t put up proper enclosure, then they come out, they cross boundary lines and then we get calls out,” Langley said.

Langley said there’s no county ordinance or state law to enforce penalties.

Dinwiddie County Animal Control has already responded to more than 70 calls in 2017.

Animal control suggests livestock owners educate themselves on what it takes to maintain them.

“Find out what it takes to have this animal, what kind of enclosure you need to make sure it stays there,” Langley said.

Marvin Thomas, a Dinwiddie County resident and horse owner, suggests vinyl fencing.

“They won’t try to push the gate down or break out, this is all the fence you need,” Thomas said.

Dinwiddie County Animal Control is in talks with the county board of supervisors in hopes of establishing a code on livestock animals.

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