nless you’re in a marked dog park or off-leash area, it’s against city ordinance to have your dog off-leash in city parks. The law was rarely enforced in past years, but in the last month, the Humane Society has stepped up enforcement. Officers are now patrolling parks and open space. They hike or use mountain bikes to get around. For the last month, they’ve mostly issued warnings. But now they plan to start writing tickets.
The fine is $50 per dog for the first offense, $80 per dog for the second offense, and a day in municipal court to face stiffer penalties for the third offense. The maximum sentence at municipal court is a $500 fine per charge and/or 90 days in jail, plus court costs.