County steps up enforcement of dog rules at parks

June 8, 2010

By Staff

King County Animal Care and Control officers started cracking down on unlicensed, aggressive and unleashed dogs in county parks last week.

County rules state that pets are required to be leashed and under control at all times. The code also requires owners to clean up after pets. The emphasis patrols started June 2.

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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