FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2021
Contact: Justine Lentz
Animal Services Superintendent
Fayetteville Residents Reminded of Spring Pet Safety Requirements
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 at city parks and on the trail system. Aside from the Iam’s Dog Park and Lake Wilson, all other city parks require dogs to be on a leash at all times.
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. The parks and trails are to be enjoyed by all citizens. If you need to report seeing a dog off leash, please call Animal Services directly at 479-444-3456.
“This is also a good time to remember to stock up on pet waste bags,” said Justine Lentz, Animal Services Superintendent. “Not only is it good manners to clean up after you pet, it is also required under city ordinance and helps protect our public safety. There are pet waste stations available at most city parks as well.”
In addition, with the rising temperatures, Animal Services would like to remind citizens of the dangers of leaving your pet in a vehicle. If the outside temperature is over 70 degrees an Animal Services officer will be dispatched to check on the welfare of any animal left in a vehicle. If the internal car temperature is found to be over 100 degrees, then a citation will be issued. There is a zero-tolerance policy for violations of this ordinance.
Fayetteville residents are advised that Animal Services offers $20 microchipping any time the shelter is open, with no appointment necessary. Microchipping your pet is a failsafe way to know that your pet can be identified. It 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. To learn more, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/animals.