Monday, March 17, 2008

Packs of Unleashed Dogs

Prospect Park:

5:10PM: 16, Nethermead Meadow
5:19PM: 37, Long Meadow from Picnic House north

All dog owners were Caucasian. No Park Enforcement Patrols present in the park.

Here is an email sent to the head of the Juniper Park Civic Association, which was at the forefront of early (unsuccessful) attempts to force the city to enforce the leash law. The complainant’s name is deleted:

I wanted to forward you an email I received regarding a complaint I filed with the Parks Department. I also emailed you a comment on the Civic's website regarding the unleashed dogs in the roller rink at Juniper. Perhaps dog owners will respect the law.



----- Original Message -----
From: Reeves, Robert
To: [Deleted}

Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 12:50 PM
Subject: Juniper Valley Unleashed dogs

As per our conversation I wanted to let you know that we did issue 3
summonses this past Saturday and 3 again on Sunday for unleashed dogs in Juniper Valley. We will continue to monitor the area and address conditions as needed. Please do not hesitate to let me know how we can be of assistance in the future.

Our past experience in Prospect Park is that complaints to the PEP are generally answered with “I want to let you know that we did issue x number of summonses.” Having never seen a PEP agent issue a summons to the owner of an illegally unleashed dog, we question whether the PEP is instead making these numbers up. In any event, the better question is whether these summonses actually ever result in collected fines. The number of illegally unleashed dogs suggests that they never do.

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