Off-leash dog fines could triple in Meridian if new ordinance passes

Posted at 4:00 PM, Nov 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 18:00:17-05

MERIDIAN, Idaho — Walking the dog without a leash in Meridian could soon be a very expensive proposition.

The Meridian City Council is thinking about more than tripling the fines for dog owners who let their pets off leash. Right now, the fines for having a dog loose is $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $100 for the third.

If the council approves the plan, fees could jump to $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second, and $300 for the third.

Councilwoman Genesis Milam introduce the ordinance, saying in was in response to the enormous number of compliants she's getting regarding people being chased or bitten by dogs. Meridian City Attorney, Bill Nary, says owners need to be more aware.

"They need to be aware of their dogs and their dogs behavior, hopefully change their behavior to make sure their dogs are on leash in public places like parks and sidewalks throughout the community," Nary said.

The council is scheduled to hold the first reading of the ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday, November 19.