King County steps up enforcement of dog rules in parks

June 2, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 7:30 a.m. June 2, 2010

King County Animal Care and Control officers have started emphasis patrols at King County Parks to enforce rules related to unlicensed, aggressive and unleashed dogs.

County rules pets are required to be leashed and under control at all times. The code also requires owners to clean up after pets.

The increased patrols came in response to numerous complaints from park users over the past year about aggressive and uncontrolled dogs in county parks.

Patrols will first educate pet owners about county policies, but the penalty for failure to license a dog is $75. A first-time off-leash offender faces a $25 penalty. Subsequent violations within a year carry additional $50 fines.

Find the only county park with a designated, off-leash area at Marymoor Park in Redmond. The area consists of 40 acres of open space where dogs can run free. Remember: Handlers or owners must accompany pets, and good doggie etiquette must be observed at all times.

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One Response to “King County steps up enforcement of dog rules in parks”

  1. Bawstonboy on June 2nd, 2010 8:41 am

    I certainly appreciate the dog park off leash ruling. On the other hand… do you want me to use my car to drive to Marymoor from Issaquah and burn fossil fuels to let my (well behaved) dog run free? My shepherd loves to run with other dogs. It is inherent in his nature. Perhaps a local Issaquah location would better serve local dogs. Upcoming there are new parks evolving.. Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks. Public input is suggested so says the article. Well… how about a designated area for off leash in one of these? Locals can WALK to these sites. Yet another way to reduce traffic congestion.

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