Spike in Dog Bites Has Rosemount PD Monitoring Leashes
Rosemount Police say there have been four dog bite incidents in the city in the past several weeks. Rosemount's Police Chief Eric Werner is urging residents to be sure to leash their dogs.
Chief Werner says the city is willing to take action, "In all the cases we've dealt with, we have issued citations." He says there are requirements that leashes can be no longer than 6 feet.
Dog owner Kim Ginter of Hastings says she doesn't like to see dogs off-leash. "That actually happens a lot where we live, a lot of dogs will be off-leash and run from their yards and chase us," she said.
Leash laws vary from city to city. For example, in Saint Louis Park dogs can be walked on leashes as long as 20 feet, until someone approaches, at that point the dog must be pulled to within 6 feet.
In Golden Valley and St. Paul, dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet. In Minneapolis, generally there are no length requirements, but dogs deemed dangerous must be on a 3 foot leash.