Owners May Get Fined for Unleashed Pets at Public Parks

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    Dallas Animal Services along with the Dallas Police Department are enforcing a new ordinance that calls for dogs to be on leashes while out in parks that are not designated dog parks. (Published Friday, May 16, 2014)

    Dallas law enforcement plan to ticket dog owners who bring unleashed pets to public parks.

    The new ordinance calls for dogs to be on leashes while out in parks that are not designated dog parks.

    Dallas Animal Services along with the Dallas Police Department are teaming up to enforce it.

    On Friday night, both were out at Reverchon Park.

    “It's a perfect place for dogs to run, it's not a dog park, but it is a public park,” said Jim Finch, a dog owner. “It’s a big waste of resource. If they’re going to do anything they need to watch the bicycle people flying down this hill!”

    Dallas Animal Services said it’s for public safety, to avoid folks from getting bitten, and allow everyone to enjoy the park.

    “The thing is we do have parks where you can take your pet and have it off the leash, this is not one of them,” said Dayanara Castillo, with Dallas Animal Services.

    So far this week, there have been 10 citations issued, which carry a court date. Depending on the violation, there could be a fine.

    Dallas Parks and Recreation has a list of four off-leash dog parks across the city, to avoid potential citations.