Fines For Violating Dog Leash Ordinance Going Up In Lexington

If you live in Lexington, and someone spots your dog running around without a leash, it's about to become a more costly mistake.

Fines for violating the city's leash ordinance have been in effect for some time.

But city officials say they're not deterring enough people.

So Tuesday night, they met to put more pressure on dog owners.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council is expected to approve an increase in fines for dog owners who violate the ordinance.

Right now, dog owners must pay a $10 fine the first time their pets are caught without a leash.

But the Council wants to increase that fine to $50.

Dog owners will have to pay a larger fine each time they're caught violating the ordinance, up to a maximum of $500.


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  • by Child Safety Advocate Location: Lexington on Jun 6, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    Parks and Recreation along with Animal Control will not enforce ordinance for leash law in an area of the park owned by my neighbor. According to my neighbor Parks gave her neighbor the right to use public land for an invisible fence so her dog could roam free. She is a an advocate for SOAR. I'm an advocate for public safety and can not let my children play in the park anymore because of the intimidation of the dog and owner. We disagree about the dog being "territorial" even though it barks and chases around her yard and now public property, without a leash, but contained in the invisible fence.
  • by A Location: Lexington on Dec 14, 2007 at 02:11 PM
    Dog owners: if you want your dog to run freely, get a fence! Plain and simple! If the dog needs more exercise, stop being lazy and walk/run with the dog...and don't forget A LEASH! I agree with c, if you care about your dogs, you would automatically have them on a leash to ensure their safety, especially with cars flying down neighborhood streets. Also, I am tired of dog owners allowing their dogs to do their business in homeowners yard and leaving the mess for me and my family to deal with (usually it is discovered after we step in it). I have young children, and it is not fair that they cannot even go to any of the Lexington parks without someones dog running around without a leash and stepping in dog poop. Let's face it, there are a lot of issues in Lexington...this is just one of them! Not having your dog on a leash is irresponsible and downright dangerous for the dog AND people in the community!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 13, 2007 at 02:36 PM
    JR, I thought everyone in Pikeville had dogs and let them sleep next to the washing machine on their front porch. :)
  • by JR Location: Pikeville on Dec 13, 2007 at 11:04 AM
    Or, just do like I did yesterday when I came home and found THREE (count them) three dogs on my property, with my garbage cans turned over and spread thru my driveway. BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM BLAM (change clip - repeat) no more doggies. :) Keep your animals on ur own property. I don't have em, cause I don't want them in my garbage...., that's why I don't have them.... :D Merry Christmas
  • by Common Sense on Dec 13, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Fred, I agree. Let's pay the homeless to round up the unleashed dogs.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 13, 2007 at 08:25 AM
    Common Sense, yes...I have witnessed quite a bit and I have called the police......only to have them show up hours (and in one case weeks) later. I have stepped up. I just think we could indeed use a little "common sense" and q
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 13, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    Common Sense - ironic name. When have I EVER said don't hold me responsible for my actions? For the educated, I try to point out the stupidity and waste of resources our government displays on a daily basis. Example - We are worried to death about a stray dog, while people without homes starve on the streets. As a whole, we ALL need to readjust our priorities as a society and focus on IMPORTANT issues, and quit wasting our time and resources on nonsense.
  • by Common Sense on Dec 13, 2007 at 06:57 AM
    I also think it's troubling how many comments have been made about the leash law, but there isn't even a story posted about the ruling that passed this week allowing judges to reduce the sentences of people convicted of crimes with crack cocaine. You'd better keep your dogs on a leash before the crackheads trade it for drugs or worse get it pregnant.
  • by c Location: fkt on Dec 13, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    I like this idea! If dog owners love their pets so much then keep them on a leash! How many people have been mauled by "good" dogs this year alone! I think the owners should be fined for this and also have to pay for medical expenses on any individual that is hurt by their dog. As far as children running loose, I agree. I think that the guaridans of these children should be fined no less than $500 for each incident where their children are out running the streets without adult supervision! That will force some parents to know where their children are! If people cannot regulate themselves, then the government has to step in and do it by hitting them in their wallets! If people were considerate of others, respectful of property and had some morality about them, then the government wouldn't have to make such laws! So do not belly ache about your rights being taken away! It's simple, keep your dog's quiet and on a leash! No big deal, if you love your animal!
  • by Common Sense on Dec 13, 2007 at 04:49 AM
    Fred- instead of crying about everyone else all the time, why don't you step up? If you saw the kids, and they're in from your neighborhood, you were a witness- file a criminal complaint. Sign your name to it, a judge can sign it and they'll be charged. It's as simple as that. You have a habit of always blaming others. I think it's funny how people always want to shift attention- don't worry about my dog, go after the criminals, don't give me a ticket, go after the criminals, don't go after the pot smokers, go after the hard drug users...basically- never hold me responsible, go after someone else...
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