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Prang Warns Dog Owners to Obey Leash and 'Pooper-Scooper' Laws

Violators face fines starting at $250.

Citing a "constant barrage" of complaints about off-leash dogs and canine fecal matter littering West Hollywood neighborhoods, Mayor Jeffrey Prang this week warned that the city will mount an offensive to curb the problem.

Fines range from $250 for the first offense, $450 for a second violation and $850 for three or more.

"If you are one of those people who walk your dog off-leash, if you're one of those people who let your dog mess on the neighborhood and don't clean up after him, you may be getting a citation," Prang said at the City Council meeting on Monday. "It's an important quality of life issue."

Officers from the West Hollywood Code Compliance Division as well as county Sheriff's deputies and Animal Control personnel will be on the lookout for dog owners who violate the city's ordinances requiring dogs to be on a leash at all times while in public and owners to pick up after their dogs.

"The city of West Hollywood may be the only city that provides doggie waste stations outside of public parks, extending that convenience into our neighborhoods," Prang wrote in his email newsletter. "And, yet there are still some dog guardians that will not pick up after their dogs."

Dogs in public parks except for Hart Off-Leash Dog Park must be leashed at all times.

"The leash law is intended to protect you and your dog from others that may not have the same gentle disposition," Prang wrote. "A leash allows dog guardians to keep their dogs safely away from one another in cases when they (the dogs) don't like one another. Dogs are frequently injured, often seriously, in such encounters."

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joninla May 04, 2013 at 09:20 PM
To SMALL DOG OWNERS: here's my theory. Little yappers were bread to be "doorbells' before electricity was invented (like a retriever is hardwired to retrieve, a husky will run and pull to death because of their hard wiring). I have found, when a little yapper goes off toward me and my dog, the more conciencious the owner who quickly pulls back their yapper, the worse the situation. The little dog is hardwired to give notice. Quickly pulling the dog back tell the dog "GOOD WARNING - THAT WAS DANGER" and the cycle gets worse and worse inadvertantly. I have done this a thousand times. I make them stand with their yappers next to my dog, for her to ignore the yapping and if necessary pretend to have a friendly conversation with me. Within 20 second (usually less) the yapper stops. Get the message it was not danger, and after a couple more times, they stop yapping at my massive dog. I know my dog, and he likes little yappers and would never get upset. If your big dog isn't so easy going, I wouldn't try it. But otherwise it has worked great. People are generally good - and don't realize how their dogs annoy other people so much. Making friends (not good friends, but socially polite on the street) makes a friendly human and dog 1 block radius in my neighborhood. just a suggestion ...
joninla May 04, 2013 at 09:24 PM
here's my sweet baby .... fyi http://westhollywood.patch.com/articles/pet-spotlight-prancer-the-rescue-dog
Jerome Cleary May 04, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Scott Ferguson also known as Tom A. Bruggelmann sounds like a very responsible dog owner.
George May 05, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Sh, sh...... Scott is actually a sitting WH council member. He like to be undercover on here and say sweetsy, sweet things about how well they all are doing and tout what a wonderful place West Hollywood is. Oops, guess I blew his cover. No worries he has other profiles on here.
Deborah Gonçalves May 05, 2013 at 02:20 PM
I don't get the friction between big dog owners and small dog owners. They're all dogs, right? I love them all, big, small, young, old. I happen to have two relatively small dogs (both 15 lb. pomeranians, both rescues) and never shrink back from the big dogs. When I come upon an unfamiliar dog, I simply ask the owner if the dog is friendly and let them know that mine are. I haven't had an issue yet. As far as dogs being off leash, yes, the majority of the ones I come across are on the small side. All dogs should be on leash, no matter their size. I, incidentally, have a friend with a large dog who almost exclusively walks her dog off leash. The dog is lovely and well behaved but other people don't always know that so my friend occasionally gets the stink eye or people cross the street to avoid her. Even though she's the one breaking the law, she has the nerve to throw these people attitude. Ridiculous, to say the least.

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