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Published July 09, 2013, 05:42 PM

Grand Forks police increase leash law enforcement

There has been a rise in reported dog bites in Grand Forks, with 16 complaints already this year. Grand Forks Police are cracking down on dog owners who don't use a leash on their pets.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

There has been a rise in reported dog bites in Grand Forks, with 16 complaints already this year. Grand Forks Police are cracking down on dog owners who don't use a leash on their pets.

They say they've gotten numerous complaints from people who use the greenway. Extra officers will be on bikes on these trails looking for offenders. Police say they realize not all dogs bite, but having an unleashed dog on the greenway poses a safety risk to bikers and runners. First time offenders caught with their pet unleashed will be fined 31 dollars. Repeat offenders will have a mandatory court appearance and could be fined one thousand dollars. Police say they hopes more patrols will get more people to follow the law.

Cpt. Mark Nelson, Grand Forks Police: "We've tried education, it's came out through the media. You know, the engineering, there is a dog park, there is places that people can do stuff off leash. Unfortunately, there's people that still don't want to comply."

The leash law applies throughout the city of Grand Forks, so police say wherever you bring your dog, make sure it's on a leash if you want to avoid the fine.

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