PROTECTING OUR FRIENDS
5 Common Questions
About Leash Laws
any dog owners are unaware that there are leash laws which require dogs to
be leashed in public for the safety of both animals and people. Here are five
questions you may have about leashing up:
If I know my dog will stay by my side, can I skip the leash? Your dog may be the best-
behaved dog in the world, but an off-leash dog can make other people and animals
uncomfortable. This can even put your dog in danger. Leashes prevent bites and
fights, and they show your respect for other pets, people and wildlife.
Isn’t this law more of a suggestion, like jaywalking? San Diego Humane Society and other
local law enforcement respond to calls daily about dogs running loose and patrol areas
to ensure that dogs are on leashes. Often they will educate about what a difference
it makes for everyone’s safety. In addition to keeping dogs safe, leashes help owners
control where their dogs go potty and make it easy to scoop. Leashes can be up to 6
feet in length.