REMINDER: Keep Dogs on Leashes in Public Places, Parks
As the weather gets nicer, more and more people will likely get outdoors with their four-legged friends to enjoy some fresh air. To ensure everyone has a pleasant time around town, we want to remind dog owners of a few things.
All dogs must be controlled on a leash by an able-bodied person, at all times, whenever the dog is on public property. This includes all parks, sidewalks, streets, and school grounds. This is to ensure the safety of our residents, their pets, and area wildlife. No matter how well trained a dog is, unrestrained animals are at increased risk of being injured by vehicles or other animals in the area. People can be injured when a typically friendly pet becomes unexpectedly aggressive or suddenly crosses the path of a bicyclist, pedestrian, or motorist.
We also ask that residents be considerate of others and their community by picking up after their pet. Not only is it inconsiderate, but it is also against the law to allow your pet to defecate on public property and not clean it up. Pet waste left on the lawn or next to the sidewalk can wash into storm drains and be carried directly into our rivers and lakes.
Our Animal Services Department investigates all animal-related complaints. In cases where a violation has occurred, the animal control officer may issue a citation. To report an animal complaint, call 817.743.4522.