By Randy Richards, Code Enforcement Officer
Warmer weather is coming and people and their dogs will be enjoying the outdoors. As a reminder, there is a mandatory leash and scoop law for dogs within the city limits of Lakewood. Dogs must be under the control of a competent person by means of a leash not to exceed 8 feet in length. Owners must have a scoop bag or other suitable means for disposal of animal waste. The leash law does not apply when animals and their owners are using the off leash dog park within Fort Steilacoom Park. Owners are reminded that the use of the park is at their own risk. Be aware of your dog’s behavior when it is interacting with other animals to prevent any injuries or similar problems. Avoid leaving animals in vehicles during hot weather. All residents within the city must license their animals. For licensing information or for any animal concerns or problems, you may contact Lakewood Animal Control and Rescue at 253-830-5010. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.