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May 3, 2016 9:05 AM

No more doggies in the Londonderry cemetery

LONDONDERRY — The town council has banned dogs from cemeteries — with exceptions for service dogs and dogs confined in cars.

The Union-Leader reports the council revised the town's leash laws to make it clear owners must keep their dogs leashed or under direct control through their voice and presence. It required leashing for Londonderry’s Rail Trail, town common and town forest.

The leash law, originally adopted in 1976, was most recently revised in 1998. The council was compelled to take another look this spring by residents who said they were upset over seeing dogs use town cemeteries as bathrooms.

In another change, the council changed the current $25 fine for violations to a progressive fine schedule in line with state statute.

Town officials said they would move quickly to post appropriate signage and begin implementing the changes.

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