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Police to enforce off-leash dog ordinances in parklands

New Castle County Police announced today that they will begin enforcing dog leash ordinances in all county owned park lands, to help ensure the safety and enjoyment for all who utilize the parks.

NEW CASTLE (DE): In a Friday afternoon press release, “The New Castle County Police will be conducting strict enforcement of the Dog Off-Leash County Code Ordinance (No Warnings). Due to an increase in horse traffic, special emphasis will be placed on violations that occur in Carousel Park.”

According to police spokesman, Michel Eckerd, the law states:

Sec. 4.02.001. – Licenses; restraint; impoundment; destruction; nuisances; enforcement generally.

Restraint and control of animals.

All dogs shall be kept under restraint, as defined in Subsection A, at all times.

Any person convicted of a violation of Subsection C. shall pay a fine of at least the minimum fine for each offense as follows:

For a violation of Subsection C.1, the penalty shall be a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for the first offense, and a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) nor more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for the second offense, and a fine of not less than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each subsequent offense.

All of New Castle County Bark Parks are still in operation and available for dogs to run off of lead.

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