Story by Christopher Conover and Zac Ziegler
Pima County officials plan a sweep next week of parks looking for dogs off their leashes.
Several officers from the county animal care center will patrol parks where dogs are frequently seen off leash. Dog owners in violation face citations and fines of $100.
Animal Care Center's Jose Chavez said dogs and humans must be kept from harm.
"The leashes are important for many reasons. One of the reasons is for the animal’s safety, so the animal doesn’t run off into the street and get hit by a vehicle," he said. "Or so it doesn’t run away from the owner and attack another animal. Or runs away from the owner and bites a human.”
Chavez didn't say where officers will patrol and what time of day Tuesday they will be on the watch.