If you have lost a pet in the city or have found an animal running loose, there are several steps that should be taken for the safety of the animal as well as the public. An animal running free is in danger. It could be hit by a car, eat discarded and possibly poisonous foods or bones, or be cut by glass or nails. Loose dogs can also scatter garbage and cause damage to neighboring lawns. To report a lost or found pet, contact Animal Regulation at 388-4341. When reporting a lost or found dog, provide a detailed description of the animal and any information on its collar.
Pet owners are liable for their pet's actions. You can prevent your animal from causing injury to someone else only if it is confined to your property or leashed and controlled, as required by law. Failure to do so could result in legal or financial problems for you. The City Council has a leash law which requires that all dogs be kept under control. The dog's actions must be restricted and regulated when it is not within the property limits of the owners. Violation of this ordinance could result in a fine plus the cost of impounding the dog.