An anonymous contributor wrote:
Hi just thought your readers might want to know animal control officers are actively ticketing for off leash violations at Wallingford Park today, and say they are going to step up their presence there due to complaints about off-leash dogs.
Said anonymous contributor contributed said anonymous tip earlier this week, so it’s no longer today, but still worth being aware of.
I was curious what about the fine for getting caught playing catch with your dog in the park, so I checked with Seattle Animal Shelter Fees & Fines page, where I found a few eyebrow-raisers:
OK, so it’s $54 for allowing your animal off-leash ($109 for the second offense, we learn further down the page), but that only applies to dogs, ferrets, iguanas and parrots, it seems. It does not apply to cats or pigeons. The “cats” bit isn’t a surprise, of course (I find it a bit weird to see cats out on a leash), but I was surprised to see “pigeon” called out.
I suppose this dates back to when the pigeon keeping was a more common hobby. I wondered whether this has been completely supplanted by urban chicken farming, but no, the Sno-King Pigeon Racing Club lives on, and there was at least some chatter recently on the Pigeon.biz board about setting up a coop in Seattle.
I’m sure there are a few readers who will also be interested to see that you can get fined not just for failing to clean up after your dog, but merely for failing to have the “equipment” on hand to do so:
As we fight the proliferation of plastic in society, even passing a “plastic bag ban” here in Seattle, it has always amazed me that, at the same time, we mandate that every bowel movement by a dog must be individually wrapped. Whoever invents a better way to solve this will be a millionaire.