Wednesday, November 18, 2009

PUBLIC SAFETY: Concerns regarding unleashed dogs

Question/Comment: Constituent said he would like to raise awareness about unleashed dogs as a public safety hazard on the Community Path, especially between Willow and Cedar Streets. He reports that the problem of unleashed dogs is chronic and that dog owners are also starting to bring their unleashed pets into the playground area known as Lexington Park while children are present. He reported an instance in which a dog ran into the basketball court where two boys were playing to chase the ball. The boys were frightened and climbed the fence to get away.

Some suggested action could include: More frequent monitoring of the area by Police Dept, issuing of the tickets when violators are spotted, strengthening the leash law by increasing fines, or making leash law fines appear on offender's record.

City update 11/18/2009: The City has hired a part-time animal control officer, in addition to the regular full-time officer. This part-time officer will enforce outside of the regular 9:00 to 5:00 work week. Officers will be asked to continue to monitor the area and take action on any and all violations.

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