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WA: Washington state parks to crack down on owners of off-leash dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by Vicki, May 26, 2010.

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    Washington state parks to crack down on owners of off-leash dogs
    By Terry Richard, The Oregonian
    May 26, 2010, 3:22AM

    A high number of dog bites in Washington state parks has resulted in a special emphasis to enforce current laws requiring dogs to be on leash and under control while in state parks. Infractions issued for pets unleashed carry a fine of $87, and cases go through county district courts.

    The state parks special emphasis is announced during National Dog Bite Prevention Week. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and nearly one in five of those bitten _ a total of 885,000 _ require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.

    In 2009, 22 people in state parks received dog bites, and seven of them required professional medical attention. In 2008, 31 people were bitten by dogs, with eight requiring medical attention. State Parks rangers made an increased effort last year to talk to dog owners about the importance of the leash rule in state parks, but because of continued problems and public safety concerns, this year rangers are more likely to issue infractions on first offenses.

    State law (Washington Administrative Code 352-32-060) allows dogs to be in state parks, provided they are on a leash no longer than eight feet and are under control at all times. Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas and on established trails. They are not allowed in park buildings or in natural area preserves. Pet owners are expected to keep their pets quiet and to clean up after them. Many parks offer bags for cleaning up after pets.

    Washington state parks to crack down on owners of off-leash dogs | OregonLive.com

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