Eau Claire (WQOW) - Dog owners pulling out pooches in the summer were reminded of Eau Claire dog ordinances.
Eau Claire Community Service Officers said they receive more animal complaint calls in nice weather, up to 20 each day. They said dogs in the city must be on leashes, except of course in dog parks.
If you want to bring your four-legged friend to a public park, you will need a pass for that day from police, and they must still be leashed. Pets must also be registered with the city so they can be returned home if they stray, or even bite someone. Failure to follow these rules could cost $213.10 for a citation. Officers said being a pet parent is a learning experience, and they try giving a warning for the first offense.
"Our goal for you as animal owners is to be aware of where your animal is at all times, to make sure we don't have to continuously remind you if your dog is barking or at large," Eau Claire Police Department Senior Community Service Officer Shoua Vue said. "One time, I'm aware of it, and in the future, I can resolve it."
Vue said their top citation is failure to register animals. There are currently 3,482 licensed dogs in Eau Claire.