City increasing patrols for off-leash dog violations

Enforcement officers are increasing patrols this month to catch people who are allowing their dogs on Seattle's parks and beaches.

Dogs are banned from all city beaches with the exception of designated off-leash dog parks with water access.

The city said it issued 905 violations last year after conducting 1,002 patrols.

The fine for a first offense is $54.

The timing of the increased enforcement coincides with the spring birthing of baby seals, which use the city's saltwater beaches to rest.

Most dog owners seemed aware of the rules, even though some chose to ignore them.

"I frequently violate the rules," said Mark Wilson, who was walking his dog, Comet, along Alki Beach's boardwalk. "Scoffing the law is not a good idea. I don't encourage it. But I don't follow that policy myself."

Wilson said he's never been caught and plans to avoid the beaches after he was alerted to the increased enforcement.

There are several dog parks in the Seattle region that allow swimming: Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island and Magnuson Park in Seattle among them.

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