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Leash-law update back on Wednesday's Murrysville council agenda

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 10:21 a.m.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Murrysville officials have been working to update their existing leash laws for municipal parks since the spring.

A potential vote on updated leash laws in Murrysville's public parks will be back on the agenda for the third time on Wednesday evening.

The past two meetings, not enough council members have been present to garner four votes in favor of the updated ordinance, whose latest version proposes:

• Requiring all dogs outside the dog park to be on a leash of no more than 8 feet;

• Allowing dogs to run off-leash from dawn to 3 p.m. in Townsend and Pleasant Valley Parks;

• Barring dogs and other pets from playing field areas;

• Requiring owners to display tags indicating that their pet is licensed and vaccinated.

• Raising fines to $100 for a first violation, $300 for the second and $500 for each subsequent violation.

Every neighboring community, as well as Westmoreland County, has some form of leash law in place.

Here is how some communities throughout the country are dealing with the issue:

• Utah: “ Park City authorities crack down on dog leash laws ” (

• Colorado: “ Debate over Wash Park leash laws ” (KDVR-Fox 31)

• Massachusetts: “ Hingham eases leash law at Bare Cove Park ” (Boston Globe)

• California: “ Dog owners unhappy about tight leash proposals for Bay Area parks ” (KTVU-Fox 2)

Murrysville council's July 19 meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 4100 Sardis Road.

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. He can be reached at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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