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.

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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.

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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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