LPD cracking down on unleashed pets

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Updated: 8/22/2013 9:43 pm
The park is the perfect place for you and your pooch to play; There is plenty of open space and even other dogs for your Fido to frolic with. You will probably want to be extra careful though because Lubbock Police are cracking down on owners who do not leash their pets.

A $200 fine is the risk you run for running your dog without a leash. Laura Mata and Chase Marberry are dog owners.

"It happens at every park. If you go to every park in Lubbock you're going to find one dog at least off leash playing." Mata said.

Sgt. Jason Lewis spoke with us about the increase in citations the LPD has already been handing out.

"Lately we're having some issues with that so officers are going to be out and they're going to start issuing citations." Lewis said.

"If they're going to crack down on it, they should at least provide pet owners with an option to have a dog park." Marberry said.

Last year, Mata tried bringing a paid-for dog park to Lubbock by entering the city in a contest. Lubbock was in first until the city pulled out of the contest. Mata said citizens will likely have to take matters into their own hands if they want a place for their four legged friends to frolic freely.

"We need a place that we can socialize our dogs as well as socialize with other people." Mata said.

"We receive lots of phone calls that they're unable to enjoy the parks and we want them to be able to do that so we are going to go ahead and enforce this ordinance." Lewis said.

Most dog owners understand the need for leashes but they would rather their dogs be free to carouse with other canines.

"I like to come out here because I like to bring her out with other dogs, because I want her to be socialized. And I think it's important to have a healthy dog to be socialized and be around other dogs." Marberry said.

He said parks like Tech Terrace are a popular meeting place for pets and owners because of the open space and others wanting to socialize their pets.

Lewis said PD prefers not to give tickets for people just trying to enjoy their pets out doors so he asks for voluntary compliance with safety for pets and people being the number one reason.
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hdbg62 - 8/23/2013 10:50 AM
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Just another way for the city to put money in their coffers. Something for the rookies to earn their merits. Just this past Sunday I had my dog in the park as I do everyday, off the leash for her to enjoy some sniffing and wandering but totally under my control. Off duty policeman in his patrol car was present, we had a nice chat and he never was bothered by the fact my dog was off the leash. Perhaps he was aware of the idiocy and one-sidedness of this ordinance.

StarDust - 8/23/2013 6:06 AM
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It seems to be alright if dogs roam the neighborhoods but not when people let dogs have playtime off the leash in a park.

Liberty Seeker - 8/22/2013 10:50 PM
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If everybody voluntarily complies with all laws, instead of compliance due to fear of punishment, there would be no need for any LPD payroll. I wonder if the cops would volunteer (off the clock) park time with no municipal identification or uniform, and simply teach the benefits of compliance. I will bet Detective Haris' annual salary that LPD officers (on the whole) will refuse such voluntary civil functions.
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