A high volume of complaints regarding off-leash dogs at Golden Gardens park in Seattle, Washington, has led to more Humane Law Enforcement Officers in the area handing out citations for not having animals leashed
as well as other animal-related illegal activity. Even though there is a fenced two-acre dog-friendly area of the park where animals are allowed to play without leashed, many owners say that they worry about cleanliness and disease in the area and would rather walk their dogs on the beach, which leashes are required.
Animal control officers say that having so many dogs off leash at the beach area leads to an increased number of dog bite incidents
as well as cruelty incidents. The leash laws, they explain are for the safety of humans and pets alike.
In Seattle, a dog owner can be charged anywhere from $50 to $500 for breaking leash laws, which higher fines at beaches such as Golden Gardens. There are 13 designated off-leash areas for dogs in the Seattle area.
Category: Dog Bites
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