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Leashes now mandatory in Lacombe

Lacombe dog owners must keep their pets on a leash in public areas under new bylaw changes.

“As we now have an off-leash area, we require that all dogs off their owner’s property be leashed at all times with a leash no longer than two metres in length,” says community peace officer in a release announcing the rule changes.

The city has also boosted its fines for dog owners who don’t scoop up after their pets. For a first offence, neglectful owners face a $100 fine. The penalty goes up to $150 on second offence and $200 for third or more offences.

The Dog Control Bylaw also clarifies the number of dogs people are allowed on their property. New amendments limit the number of dogs to three, although those who already had been approved for more dogs before the changes were made can keep their pets.

The changes went into effect on Monday.



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