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Murrysville poised to pass new rules for off-leash pets

Patrick Varine
| Monday, June 19, 2017, 12:09 p.m.

Murrysville council may put new rules in effect for pet owners at its meeting on Wednesday.

Council has been debating changes to its leash laws after receiving complaints about off-leash dogs in municipal parks. Murrysville Community Park has a designated dog park for off-leash activity.

At recent meetings, council has worked to balance those complaints with concerns from dog owners about where they can take their pets for exercise.

Earlier this month, council voted to advertise a version of the ordinance that would:

• Require all dogs outside the dog park to be on a leash no longer than 8 feet;

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

• Bar dogs and other pets from playing field areas;

• Require owners to display tags indicating that pets are licensed and vaccinated.

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

The proposed ordinance also empowers Chief Administrator Jim Morrison to ban a dog from any municipal property based on evidence and a recommendation from the parks and recreation commission.

Park planning

Council also will hold a public hearing to take resident comments on the third phase of a master plan concept at Murrysville Community Park.

Council will consider approval of a Murrysville-Export Rotary Club donation of a bench at Townsend Park in memory of John Lynch, the former Murrysville chief administrator. Lynch worked with the Rotary on a project to save the pond at the park.

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