Dogs must be kept on leash in housing areas

***image1***The Ramstein-Miesenbach Office of Public Order has received complaints about dog owners who walk their dogs unleashed in villages.

The union community administration released a danger prevention ordinance which regulates the walking of dogs inside and outside of villages in the community.

Dog owners must keep their dogs on a leash while walking them on public streets in housing areas. In all other areas, dogs must be automatically put on a leash when other people approach. Violators may be punished with fines up to €5,000.

Also, recently there is an increase of dog dirt on sidewalks, playgrounds and other public areas like parks. This is not only irresponsible in view of children, it also is a big annoyance for residents who are obliged to clean their sidewalks and for city workers who take care of parks and public places. Dog owners are asked to “clean up” after their dogs immediately.

They are also required to ensure that their dogs’ barking does not disturb their neighbors. During quiet hours – 1 to 3 p.m. (siesta time) and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (night’s rest) – dog owners must ensure that neighbors are not disturbed by barking, whining or howling. Outside these hours, dog owners must ensure that dog noises do not last longer than 10 consecutive minutes (or more than 30 minutes cumulatively per day). If necessary, dog owners must, to ensure that a dog does not disturb neighbors, keep dogs inside if they cannot control the dog’s barking.

(Courtesy of Ramstein-Miesenbach Office of Public Order)