From the Tier Im Recht website: http://www.tierimrecht.org/de/news/2...gsgerichts.php
The Berner Verwaltungsgericht has ruled that the introduction of a leash law along the Limpach canal in Baetterkinden BE is a disproportionate measure, and thus untenable.
The leash law covered an area that was approximately one-quarter of the Gemeinde land.
The court argued that because the affected area was open, giving dog owners enough time to bring their dogs under control, a general leash law covering such a large portion of available land was an excessive restriction.
(One provision of the TSchV is that as far as possible, according to individual needs and level of training and control, dogs should have opportunities for off lead exercise.)
Gemeinde Baetterkinden still has the option of appealing this ruling to the Bundesgericht.
It will be interesting to see if the case goes farther, or if this decision leads to challenges to similar laws in other communities.
I would encourage all dog owners (and anyone interested in animal welfare issues) to browse the TIR website now and again. Especially as the laws that affect us can change...