The issue of treatment of dogs in Walton County isn’t going away, no matter how much some elected officials hope it would.

Citizens wearing red at last week’s Board of Commissioners meeting were calling for a tougher anti-tethering law, and four people shared their stories of problems with dogs in the county.

But the next morning, Chairman Kevin Little told The Tribune Walton County has a law in place, passed due to similar complaints from citizens in 2014.

“I feel that we cover all the questions or concerns that are raised by these people,” Little said.

Animal control officials told the newspaper they’ve responded to calls and issued citations when needed.

Still, it’s obvious a problem remains. The county still has too many dogs who are left on runners without proper care, and any stories of attacks are too many.

It’s incumbent on citizens to report any issues they see so that animal control may respond.

We hope county officials will look around too and see that whatever is in place isn’t enough. Too many dogs are abused and citizens aren’t happy. Changes are needed, and they’re needed soon. Hopefully no one has to be hurt before that change occurs.

Our View is the opinion of the Walton Tribune editorial board, which includes Owner Patrick Graham and Editor and Publisher David Clemons.

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Thank you for shedding a light on the problems here in Walton County in regard to Animal Welfare, and maybe brokering a conversation between those who know the needs here in our county and the Commissioners, who have the authority to help us with this problem. Kudos to Walton County Tribune, for standing up for what is right. Thank you. ~ Marsha Blackmon

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