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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – A game of catch with your dog at a public park could cost you up to $225, according to Dallas Animal Services.

The department’s officers are actively enforcing the city’s leash laws, after complaints of too many dogs roaming loose.

One visitor to a park wrote the city after a recent trip, saying, “We counted 5 dogs at minimum running wild… We felt intimidated.”

In three days, officers have written a dozen citations and passed out numerous copies of the city ordinance. It requires dogs to be kept on a leash whenever they’re outside, unless they’re in a private fenced area or a designated dog park.

Officer Dee Dee Darby said loose dogs can pose a safety concern. “Some people unfortunately have their dogs here because they can’t take them to a dog park. But, if you can’t take them to a dog park around other dogs, why should you have them here around other citizens?”

At Reverchon Park Friday, officers gave Ryan Colvin and his six-month-old pup, Cooper, a ticket. “There was this squad, looked like a SWAT team coming over. I was just taking the dog for a little Frisbee,” he said. “I truly did not know the policy.”

Officers hope their efforts educate pet owners and makes local parks safer for both dogs and humans.

CITY OF DALLAS DOG PARKS

White Rock Dog Park – 8000 E. Mockingbird Lane (temporarily closed for renovations)
♦ Deep Ellum/Bark Park Central – 2530 Commerce Street
♦ Waggin’ Tails – 5841 Keller Springs Road
♦ North Bark Dog Park  – 4899 Gramercy Oaks Drive

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