The Portland City Council will consider fining dog owners who don't clean up after their dogs or keep them off leash in undesignated areas.
At the present time, violators can be cited for criminal trespass by police after first being warned and excluded from city parks. But, according to Portland Parks & Recreation, many park users say this escalating punishment process is not effective. The new fines could be issued by parks employees.
According to the report, in 2011, city Park Rangers made 3,750 contact with park users regarding dogs, resulting in 2,126 warning and/or citations. In addition, of the 131 related to leash and scoop laws received since July 2011, 95 percent requested additional enforcement.
Read more at The Portland Tribune.