A pleasant walk can turn into a frightening dog fight if a pet is running loose. After several complaints Nebraska humane society officers are taking action.
Animal control officers have unleashed a foot patrol on west Omaha trails. Animal control officer Corbin Brown says, " We’ve received a lot of calls on a daily basis out in this area for dogs off leash and dogs defecating and people not picking it up."
And the officers can write a citation for violation of city ordinance. But rather than write a bunch of tickets the Humane Society officers would rather send a message that if you're out on a public trail keep you dog on a leash and carry a plastic bag.
So for now Animal Control officers are reminding pet walkers of the law and those who already follow it are glad to see them on the trail of violators. One walker says, " They need to be out here more. I run this path a lot and I appreciate when people bring their bags."
The officers say to spot a violation they have to know about it.
animal control officer Brown says, " If you ever see dogs off leash don't hesitate to call us right away."
But random patrols may reduce complaints. Dan Johnson a trail user says, " I think it's a good idea. I think they act as somewhat a deterrent if you know periodically someone is watching what's going on it might keep people from getting sloppy with their dogs."
Trail signs warn pets must be leashed and picked up after is also the law. Nebraska Humane Society officers are on the beaten path to enforce it.
Animal control officers will be randomly walking trails throughout the summer. But if you see a dog off the leash that may pose a dangerous confrontation call the Humane Society at 402-444-7800.