FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2019
Contact: Justine Lentz
Animal Services Superintendent
The City Reminds Pet Owners of Pet Safety and Responsibility Laws
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As the weather dries out and warms up, Animal Services would like to encourage people to remember that the leash law does apply in city parks and on the trail system. Except for the Iam’s Dog Park and Lake Wilson, all city parks require dogs to be on a leash at all times.
“The parks and trails are enjoyed by all citizens, not just dog owners. Leashes prevent your dog from chasing after other animals or people and from getting lost. They also provide a sense of safety for your pet, and it is much more difficult for them to get loose and run off if they become scared by a loud or strange noise,” said Justine Lentz, City of Fayetteville Animal Services Superintendent.
“It is also a good time to remember to stock up on pet waste bags,” Lentz continued. “Not only is it good manners to clean up after your pet, it is also required under city ordinance and helps protect our public safety. There are pet waste stations available at most city parks.” Animal Services officers will be patrolling local parks as time permits over the next month to help remind citizens of the leash law.
Animal Services also offers $20 microchipping any time the shelter is open, with no appointment necessary. Microchipping your pet is a fail-safe way to know that your pet can be identified if it goes missing. The microchip can’t fall off or get lost like a collar or tag; it is also required under city ordinance. Animal Services is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located at 1640 S. Armstrong Avenue.