New Rules for Dogs at Lakeview

As of this morning, the County is enforcing the leash law at Lakeview. Notices with an explanation have been posted - here's a copy:


Due to recent incidents involving unrestrained dogs, the Sarasota County
Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control will be enforcing the leash law
outside of the paw park fenced area. Per County ordinance, the only area
where dogs are allowed to be off-leash is within the paw park fenced area.

Please keep your dog on a 6-foot leash when outside of the paw park
fenced area. There is a “first offense” fine associated with Sheriff’s
Department enforcement if your dog is off leash in the park outside of the
fenced paw park area.

When maintenance work results in closing an area within the paw park,
sign(s) explaining the closure will be posted. (This was the case for the
tree work that was recently completed.)

Park visitors have been asking about the dog incidents that have occurred
at the park. One County maintenance employee was cornered by a dog
running loose outside of the paw park area. The employee was able to
fend off the dog with a rake. The owner called the dog into his car and
immediately left the area. A separate incident involved 5 dogs that were
off leash (outside of the fenced paw park area). A third incident occurred
within the paw park area. A County maintenance employee was bitten and
required medical care. After the incident, a couple left quickly with the dog.

Dog owners must comply with the County ordinances (keep their animals
under control at all times and on leash outside of the fenced paw park
area). Otherwise, dog owners will be subject to fines and dogs will no
longer be allowed within the park outside of the paw park fenced area.

Thank you for helping us to provide responsible dog owners with a place to
bring their dogs.

March, 2011


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