Summer patrols target leashless dogs | Pets
Three local organizations have teamed up to make sure recreators can enjoy Spokane County land by providing leash emphasis patrols.
Patrols are being tasked by the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS), Spokane County Parks Education and Enforcement Program (E&E), and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to enforce the basic laws and responsibilities of dog owners.
Some of the County Codes that will be emphasized include 'Dog at Large' which amounts to a fine of 87 dollars, or 'Dog License Required' which is a 200 dollar fine.
Leash problems haven't drastically increased, says SCRAPS operations manager, Nicole Montano, but the threat to wildlife by leashless dogs is something she hopes these patrols will decrease. Threatening dogs or lack of up-to-date Rabies vaccinations can also result in 87 dollar fines.
Spokane County officials define threatening as "snapping, growling, snarling, barking in a threatening manner, jumping upon, chasing or otherwise threatening persons or animals."
Here is a complete list of the upcoming patrols:
- June 16 - Antoine Peak Conservation Area
- June 17 - Liberty Lake
- June 23 - Dishman Hills Natural Area
- June 24 - Liberty Lake and Saltese Uplands Conservation Area
- June 30 - Slavin Conservation Area
- July 7 - Bear Lake Regional Park
- July 8 - Iller Creek Conservation Area