City law officials, who helped craft the proposed legal changes, say they know of no case where someone was cited for having a dog off leash at the dog park.
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Boddy said the city only learned fairly recently that dogs weren’t allowed off leash at dog parks.
A group is working to establish a dog park at Highland Park, near Wyoming Street and Steve Whalen Boulevard. Their inquiries and efforts is what led to staff learning about the lack of legal definitions for a dog park.
The city’s legislation seeks to fix a technicality, and responsible owners who have had their dogs off leash at Dayton’s dog park were never at real risk of facing punishment, said City Attorney Barbara Doseck.
The proposed legislation also gives municipal court judges the option to order vicious dogs be euthanized following a criminal conviction.
In recent years, numerous adults, children and pets have been bitten by dogs in Dayton, which has led to injuries that can cause disfigurement and even can be fatal, according to a memo from Doseck.
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