Dogs in the city

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:52 PM


The city ordinance requires owners to have their dogs on a leash that's no more than 6 feet long. If it's one of those retractable leashes, it can be as long as 25 feet.

Regardless, your pet must be under control at all times anywhere in the city, except on private property.

You could receive a civil infraction (ticket), with fines ranging from $50 up to $500. And dogs found roaming the streets by themselves could be seized and turned over to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Dogs are allowed to be off the leash in a section of Mulligan's Hollow on the north side of Lake Avenue, between the street and the roadway to the water tanks and along the base of the sand dune; and at a new fenced dog park at East Grand River Park.

On the beach? Keep 'em on the leash.

In fact, dogs are not allowed at all between the swim buoys on City Beach, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. They are permitted south of the buoys.

The city's dog enforcement policy brochure (PDF) can be downloaded by clicking the Related File below.

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