Dear readers: I wanted to thank everyone for all the emails and comments on last weeks article “If you Love ‘em, Leash ‘em.” I have never had such a response and whether the response was positive or negative I am so pleased that the article got people talking about this issue. There however was a question I got from multiple people so I thought I would address it here.
Dear Hopeful: Do you know how much the fine is for walking a dog of leash? From: Everyone
Dear Everyone: Surprisingly I had to do a lot research to get an answer for this question. The fine is $189 for the first offense. It will go up for the second infraction and if you get a third or more it can get as high as $1,000. And don’t think an animal control office has to be present to witness the action. I also found out that a clear video with the time and date stamped on it will also work and can result in the person getting a fine.
Dear Henry: I live across the street from a grass area with trees and a pathway that curves around a wash that the rainwater drains into. It collects a lot of water when it rains then heads out to the lake. It is also an area that people like to walk their dogs, I do. Now the problem is those people who don’t pick up the poop. It drives me crazy! I want to contact someone about this and the possibility of getting a couple of those poop bag stations along the path. Do you know whom I could contact? Thank you, Arty.
Dear Arty: Funny you should bring this up. As you might already know from previous articles I have a couple of hot buttons and this is one of them. It is so uncool to not pick up after your dog on so many levels. I dare anyone to give me any reason a person should not have to pick his or her dog’s poop. This behavior is especially bad certain areas like in an area that collects water that drains into the lake or on Conservancy land where you find endangered plant species and wild life. And don’t even get me started on Parvo as that is how it’s spread from dog to dog. Don’t forget your dog needs its Parvo Vaccinations every three years. OK, sorry, started to go away from your question.
As it turns out the Lake Tahoe Humane Society is going to be contacting the appropriate person in city government and wants to work with the city in getting dog waste stations installed in high dog traffic trouble spots around South Lake Tahoe. I will keep you all updated on “project poop clean up” as I get information. You can also get updates by following Lake Tahoe Humane Society on Facebook or checking www.LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org What you can do is contact your elected officials in the city and express your concern. Write them, call them or you can attend a City Council meeting. They are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month. You can speak during the non-agenda portion of the meeting, which is in the very beginning of each meeting. Or if you’re really pro-active you can contact two councilmen to bring it up in front of the council member reports to have the item put on the next meetings agenda.
Hoping this helps. — Henry
Don’t forget everyone the Lake Tahoe Humane Society & S.P.C.A. is once again collecting submissions for the Tahoe Pets Calendar; also this year they are producing a set of Tahoe Pets Playing Cards. The deadline is early this year, July 15, so get those cute photos of your furry friend in Tahoe entered. You can enter on line this year, just visit their website for information.
Submit your questions or letters via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158. Visit the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeTahoe HumaneSocietySPCA. You can also become a Facebook friend of Hopeful Henry at www.facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry.