Placer County cracks down on dog owners at Tahoe beaches |

Placer County cracks down on dog owners at Tahoe beaches

TAHOE CITY (AP) – Dog owners will need to be more careful about where they let pets play at Lake Tahoe this summer.

In response to complaints, Placer County authorities are cracking down on owners who allow dogs on North Shore beaches where they’re forbidden.

County animal control officer Jet Black, who owns five dogs himself, said he has no choice but to enforce the law.

“I would love to see people be able to have their dogs here, but I need to make my boss happy,” Black told Truckee’s Sierra Sun newspaper. “We need to get the word out that it won’t be tolerated.”

Mike Winters, animal control manager, said an intern has been hired to notify dog owners this summer about which beaches can and cannot accept their pets.

Unlike the intern, Black and two other animal control officers will issue citations to violators.

“We’ve stepped up the patrol,” Winters said, adding it comes after increased complaints from beachgoers last summer.

Among dog-friendly places are the Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach and the Kaspian area near Homewood.

Non dog-friendly places include Commons Beach in Tahoe City, Meeks Bay near Tahoma and William Kent Beach near Sunnyside.

Dog owners who do not abide by leash laws or pick up after their four-legged friends can ruin it for everyone, said Bob Kingman of the California Tahoe Conservancy.

Patton Beach in Carnelian Bay was a designated dog beach with signs and baggy dispensers until the end of last summer, he said.

“We don’t encourage dog usage on that beach. We were getting complaints from home owners and visitors,” Kingman said, noting it’s used for weddings.

“It’s not a good mix when you have dogs running around when there’s a wedding going on,” he said.

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