Dog owners who fail to keep their pets on a leash when walking them could soon face fines after Kaohsiung City and county merged later this month, the city government said yesterday.
Bureau of Economic Development Deputy Director Lin Ying-pin (林英斌) said dogs in public places in Greater Kaohsiung must be on a leash and be accompanied by a person over the age of seven.
Lin said the city government was considering amending regulations and introducing fines ranging from NT$3,000 to NT$10,000 for those who fail to abide by the regulations.
At present, the Kaohsiung City Regulations on Park Management and Autonomy (高雄市公園管理自治條例) fine people who bring dogs into parks but fail to clean up after them between NT$600 and NT$10,000. The regulations do not require all dogs to be on a leash.
The draft amendment received mixed reviews from Kaohsiung residents. A young woman surnamed Tai (戴), who is a mother of two toddlers, supported the draft, saying she would no longer need to worry about her children’s safety when bringing them to parks if the proposed regulations were passed.
However, a dog owner who wished not to be named opposed the amendment, saying dogs should be allowed to run around rather than always be on a leash.