Lead By Example
Erie Police Offer Leash Law Reminders
It's quite easy for dog owners to overlook the impact an off-leash dog can have on children, adults, other animals - including well-behaved dogs and their law-abiding owners - but the consequences can be disastrous. Off-leash dogs have been known to get caught in dangerous situations; hit by vehicles, fall through ice, tangle in barbwire fences, and fight with wildlife.
Some people are fearful of dogs. A loose dog may throw a person off balance. A loose dog can create havoc for walkers, joggers, those negotiating strollers, bikes, and scooters. These situations make it difficult to move quickly to block or avoid loose dogs from approaching. A resident shared with us that "even friendly dogs get tired, could be in pain, rehabbing from injury, or are simply not feeling up to meeting another dog."
Put plainly, it's respectful to others to keep your dog on a leash; it’s also the law.
A couple of notes:
- The only public place permissible to have your dog off-leash is Erie’s dog park, The Boneyard.
- When dogs are taken off their owner’s property, they must be in control by a person and restrained by a substantial leash, 15 feet or less in length.
The goal is to keep our furry friends and residents as safe as possible while enjoying the trails, parks, and open space.
Lead By Example and Be Rewarded by Pawsitivity Patrol
We invite you to 'Lead By Example' and share images of your furry (and leashed) friends. For inspiration, view the Police Department's 2019 Respect for the Law poster Contest Winner's submission titled 'Keep Your Dog on a Leash - It's the Law'.
Did You Know?
Dogs owned by residents in the Town of Erie must be licensed each calendar year. Every owner of a dog over six months of age shall have the animal licensed within 30 days after it is brought into the Town. Dog License Applications are available online or at the Erie Police Department. Contact 303-926-2800 for more information on dog licenses.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Erie Police Department at 303-441-4444.