Dogs (On Leash)

Dogs/Pets:

Allowed on most trails, see each park map for restrictions. (Most common are historical areas) Must be controlled on a 6-foot (or less) leash at all times. Animal waste must be picked up and removed.

Sec. B14-34.1. - Pets in parks.

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(a) An owner or person responsible for the control of a Pet or other animal may take such animal into a specifically designated area within certain Park Areas, including roads, pathways, and trails, which are open to the public, subject to the following conditions and requirements:

(1) Pets and other animals are not permitted in children's playgrounds.

(2) Pets and other animals shall be controlled by a physical leash, which is not more than six feet in length except in areas designated for dogs off leash.

(3) The Director is authorized to establish rules and regulations to be posted at off-leash dog parks. No person shall violate such rules or regulations or any applicable laws.

(4) Pets and other animals in designated off-leash areas will be at all times under the control of and visible to the owner. It is the animal owner's responsibility, or that of the individual who has the custody or care of the animal, to ensure that their animal does not interfere with, bother, harass or harm park users, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians or other wildlife or Park resources.

(5) Each Pet or other animal requiring a license must be properly licensed, and proof of such license must be visible on the animal.

(b) No person having control or care of any Pet or other animal shall permit such animal to enter or remain in any Park Area prohibited to such animals.

(c) A person shall, in the event that his or her animal (excluding horses) defecates on Park Property, remove the animal waste from the Park and place it in a proper receptacle.

(d) A person shall, in the event that his or her horse defecates on Park Property in a parking lot or paved areas (including paved trails), remove the animal waste from the Park and place it in a proper receptacle.

(e) A park ranger or any peace officer may require the owner or caretaker to remove the animal from the Park if the animal poses a threat to public safety and welfare or creates a public nuisance. If the owner or caretaker does not remove the animal, then the park ranger or peace officer may:

(1) Issue a citation to the owner or caretaker; A person who fails to remove such Pet or other animal is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(2) Remove or cause removal of the animal from the Park Area.

(f) No more than two animals are allowed to occupy a campsite.

(g) The Director may issue Valid Permits to conduct special animal events, such as shows, training exercises, and other activities involving animals, in areas designated by the Director.

(h) Service animals (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) in the performance of their duties are exempt from non-designated area restrictions as listed in subsections (a) and (b) of this Section except as listed below. Service animals may additionally be taken inside enclosed facilities or buildings provided that the service animal is controlled, trained, and the size of the service animal combined with the confined space of a particular enclosed facility would not cause a safety hazard.

(1) Service animals whose official duties include non-recreational retrieval and other services that would be substantially impeded or impossible while attached to a leash are exempt from paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Section. Owners of service animals kept off-leash must at all times ensure that the service animal is under the control of and visible to the owner. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the service animal does not interfere with, bother, harass, or harm Park users, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, or other wildlife or Park resources at all Park Area locations.

(2) Service animals will not be counted against the two animal maximum restriction listed under subsection (f) of this Section.

(3) Any person owning or having the care or control of a service animal is subject to the public safety and welfare requirements listed under subsection (e) of this Section.

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