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Dogs Off Leash Reminder

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A concern raised on NextDoor:

Hi neighbors! Sadly – when walking my dog recently I’ve seen a lot of owners walking their dogs off leash. It’s great if your pup is trained enough to stay near by when off leash – but I think we can all agree neighborhood walks might not be the best time to do this. Dogs are still dogs and may still harm another animal when off leash! I always either scoop my pup up or have to change my route fast so we don’t have any interaction. Has anyone else noticed this issue?!

As an FYI, here are the laws in regards to off leash pups in Richmond.

Leash your dog! Sec. 4-243.

The free roaming of dogs is prohibited. All dogs must be kept under restraint or confined in an enclosure. Dogs must be walked on a leash when off the owner’s property. The City of Richmond leash law does not apply to cats.


Lauren Marie Rodgers 01/19/2020 at 12:09 PM

there are a lot of offenders of this in the neighborhood..

Kathi Sanders 01/19/2020 at 12:26 PM


Lori Ann 01/19/2020 at 3:06 PM

Thank you!

Maritza Mercado Pechin 01/19/2020 at 4:41 PM

Thank you! When we lived near Chimborazo, we’d often come across off leash dogs. The dog would come running at us at full speed with the owner 20-30 yards away yelling “he/she is friendly!!!”

I fully believe that those dogs were friendly dogs but what the owners never recognized (and couldn’t know) is that my mother and my two small children do not like dogs at all. My kids would often get completely terrified by the dog charging at them full speed and often, said dog would jump on us. So, sure, your dog is friendly. But dog owners should be aware that the people their dog comes across may not like dogs and therefore should keep their dog on a leash. Especially if the dog runs full speed at strangers and jumps on the strangers. Keep your doors on leash!

Kathi Sanders 01/20/2020 at 5:50 PM

Maybe we should also talk about free-roaming geese??!! Back in the day (I guess I’ve been in CH for that long now!), the topic of off-lead dogs would have become a complete shit show in less than 30 minutes.

Victoria 01/22/2020 at 9:08 AM

What was the last time someone was attacked at Chimborazo park by a vicious dog off leash?

Lauren 02/04/2020 at 4:19 PM

I had this happen to me at Chimbo the other week. My dog (who is leash reactive/aggressive) was rolling in the grass when a dog came charging at him-unknowingly. The owner was about 30 feet yelling “he’s friendly!”. Of course my dog jumps up, caught off guard & then starts growling and she is looking at me like I’m the bad person here as she & her dog walk away. Be a responsible dog owner. Not all dogs love other dogs nor people. Be courteous to other dog owners. We share the same space, so be please be respectful.

Stevo 02/05/2020 at 8:24 PM

I am not a “dog person” but I get it: dog owners would like to let their dogs off leash. And they should be able to do this, so it is just a matter of deciding where is best. The Chimbo Bark Park is a good spot, including the upper area (past the end of the cobble stone). Also, Libby Hill Park — the lower section just above main street. I regularly run in both these places, but when I see dogs off leash, I just switch directions. No big deal. (And PLEASE, do not cite the City regs. Reasonable people can revise rigorous rules.)

Johnathan 02/11/2020 at 1:18 PM

This comment from Steve is the problem, “Reasonable people can revise rigorous rules.” Yes the rules can be rives if the community organizes and petitions city council to do so. Ignoring the rules because certain people think they are rigorous or unnecessary is why we have problems.

If your dog approaches me, it is of no consequence that you yell across the field, “He’s friendly!”. If your dog is off the leash and run at me I assure you that I will respond by either macing your animal or shooting him to eliminate the threat based on my perception to defend myself.

The owner of the dog that allows them to be off the leash is in the wrong. There is not justification that can be provided and any resultant harm to the animal or pedestrians is your fault.

jean mcdaniel 03/18/2020 at 11:35 AM

Sharon, As far as I know I am the only person who has pet geese in Church Hill and they have NEVER roamed free. What is your point?


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