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Posted on: April 5, 2020

Seaside Adds Regulations to Encourage Good Dog Ownership



The City reminds all pet owners that all dogs are required to be kept on a six-foot leash in any publicly owned area of the City, except the Pachetti Dog Park.  Violators may be subject to a citation.

In addition, the City has existing rules relating to dogs and animals in public places. Dogs are not allowed on City athletic fields or in skate park facilities; they may not be left unattended or tied to any object; and dog owners or custodians are required to pick up their dog’s droppings.

On February 20, 2020 the Seaside City Council adopted an ordinance updating the animal control policies making it illegal to keep or maintain a vicious dog within Seaside jurisdictional boundaries. Those that do, will be held liable for their dog’s actions. The State of California also has laws pertaining to dog owner’s liability for their dog’s actions.

Seaside’s new regulations stipulate that any dog declared “potentially dangerous” may be kept, but only with strict protectionary measures was well as additional licensing and regulations. Fines, fees and charges have been increased to further encourage good dog ownership. A violation for a “Potentially Dangerous Dog” is $500 and for a “Vicious Dog” is $1,000. Additionally, the City will now be maintaining a list of all dogs determined to be “potentially dangerous” and if a dog is declared so, the City will notify the direct neighbors within a 300-foot radius.

The full ordinance can be accessed online. Click Here

During this time of social distancing and shelter in place, residents and their pets are walking more in our neighborhoods for exercise.  The safety of our community, and our four legged family members, is our greatest responsibility and our priority.

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