COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - It's a statement that is true to some. Dogs are man's best friend.
But that may not be the case for Alex Smith.
Smith says he saw a dog walking around without its owner during his daily walk with his sister.
The dog didn't attack, but left a impression on him.
"We were walking. The dog looked at us and barked. For a little bit it scared me, but I kept looking at it and looked back. It never came out of the fence," said Smith.
Colbert County Animal Control says it's received many phone calls about dogs on the loose, especially out in the county.
It says residents could pay a hefty fine if dogs are found at large.
"We just did a case and the fine was five hundred dollars plus court cost for the dog being at large. It can be costly if you let your dog run at large," says animal control officer Wilbanks.
Parents, like Andrew Littleton, are glad animal control is taking action.
"You don't know if it's harmless or not. And you want to try to get your kids away
from it cause you don't know if it's going to bite you or not," says Littleton.
Colbert County Animal Control advises residents to be aware of their surroundings to avoid problems and attacks.
If you want more information about the dog laws in your city contact your local city or county office.