Wallyreader jimmereno asked the following questions in the Forums the other day:
Can anybody tell me how much the fines are for dog owners who get nabbed by the dog detectives who stop by the playfield? Do repeat offenders pay more? Are there additional fines for unlicensed pets?
So, we looked up the Seattle Municipal Code and here’s the scoop:
It is a violation of SMC 18.12.080 to have a dog on an athletic playfield or designated children’s play area on or off leash (except seeing eye or hearing ear dogs or law enforcement dogs).
We then contacted Seattle Parks and Recreation for more information, and we were referred to Ann Graves who handles enforcement at the Seattle Animal Shelter. Ann told us the cost for each offense:
First offense – $54.00
Second offense - $109.00
Third offense – $136.00
Fourth or more offense – $162.00
The Seattle Municipal Code pertaining to licensing requirements is SMC 9.25.050, which states:
The following animal licenses shall be required: potbelly pig, miniature goat, cat, and dog licenses, guard and attack dog licenses, and exotic animal permits.
The fine for unlicensed pets is $125.00. If the unlicensed pet is on an athletic playfield or designated children’s play area, add that $125.00 to the fines listed above. Ouch!
Thanks for asking those questions, jimmereno. We’re curious because we’ve never seen anyone written up for having their pooch on the Playfield. If anyone has, we’d love to hear about it.