The city's recent clamp down on dog owners who let their pets run off leash in Mount Vernon Place has generated a huge debate on what's fair, right and lawful. But the issue is about to get a lot more expensive.
In January, the City Council passed a bill increasing the fines for dog owners who let their dogs run off leash and who don't pick up dog poo from $100 to $1,000. The legislation became law on Feb. 13, but so far animal control hasn't received the official documents and is issuing citations in the old amounts, according to Animal Control Director Bob Anderson. That is expected to change within weeks. So it seems the dog owners cited in Mount Vernon this week were lucky.
What do you think about the $1,000 fines? Excessive? Justified? Let us know.
Photo: Holly Arnold plays catch with her dog, Eliza in Mount Vernon. Photo by: Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun