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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.

 

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