FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 19, 2022
Contact: Justine Lentz
Animal Services Superintendent
Animal Services reminds pet owners of responsibilities
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For everyone’s safety, Fayetteville Animal Services is reminding people to follow the City’s leash law, which applies to all dogs and cats when off the owner’s property.
In addition, aside from the Iams Dog Park and Lake Wilson, all other City parks require dogs to be on a leash at all times. Citations may be issued for violation of the leash ordinance.
Animal Services Superintendent Justine Lentz said, like in the spring, each fall sees an increase in activity in City parks and on City trails. Fayetteville’s leash law, Ordinance No. 3588 (92.22, “Running at Large Prohibited”), is available to read online.
Leashes prevent your dog from chasing other animals or people and from getting lost. They 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. Dog bites often occur when dogs are feeling scared, insecure or defensive. Our city streets, sidewalks, parks and trails are enjoyed by all residents and visitors, not just dog owners.
If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you:
- Stay still and be calm.
- Avoid direct eye contact with the dog.
- Do not panic, make loud noises or run.
- Say “no” or “go home” in a firm, deep voice and stand with the side of your body facing the dog.
- Slowly raise your hands to your neck with your elbows in, and wait for the dog to pass or slowly back away.
Animal Services officers are available to respond to service requests 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Outside of those hours, residents are asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department’s non-emergency line: 479-587-3555. To learn more about Animal Services, go to: https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/animals.