Park Board says leash your dogs

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has announced that they will step up enforcement of the city's leash laws for dogs in city parks.

Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 8 feet at all times when on park property. Owners who violate the ordinance can be charged with a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 or 90 days in jail.

The city has four off-leash dog parks; however, only dog owners who have a licensed dog and have purchased an Off-Leash Recreation Area permit for their pet can use them.

There is one Southwest dog park, at 2845 E. Lake of the Isles Pkwy.; a second site further south has been mired in controversy.

MPRB spokesperson Emily Ero-Phillips said that the MPRB has received complaints about dogs in the off-leash areas without permit tags.

"At that point, we did decide we would enforce all off-leash registration," she said.

Information and permit applications are available on the Web at: www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=623.