KOMO News reported yesterday that the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department now has a “new full-time off-leash enforcement team…cruising Seattle’s more than 400 parks and open areas” to cite dog owners violating the city’s leash and poop scooping laws.
The team consists of one Parks Department employee and one Animal Control enforcement officer.
Last year the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department announced that it planned to put together an Off-Leash Area (OLA) Strategic Plan which “will guide the operations of existing OLAs, explore alternative service models and create a strategy for the potential acquisition and development of future OLAs.”
A couple of weeks ago the Parks Board released a preliminary version of the plan, and one of its recommendations was to hire more staff to enforce Seattle’s leash laws, so the off-leash enforcement team may be part of that plan, which is great. However, I hope the final version of the OLA Strategic Plan has concrete, specific recommendations for addition more off-leash areas because we desperately need them.