City Attorney Explains Leash Law Changes [VIDEO]
Rochester City Attorney Terry Adkins talked about changes made to the city's leash law during his monthly visit to the KROC-AM studio for the Rochester Today show with Tracy McCray and Andy Brownell Wednesday morning.
The Rochester City Council approved changes to the ordinance in the early hours of Tuesday at the end of a marathon meeting that began Monday evening. Terry noted that two citizens actually stuck around until the end of the meeting to comment on the dog leash ordinance during what was the final public hearing of the night.
The new ordinance, which won't become official until it passes a second reading at a future Council meeting, will require that dogs be leashed on any city sidewalk and in many areas of the city's parks. Adkins says the Council followed the recommendations of the Rochester Park Board, which recommended mandating leashes within 25 feet of events, playgrounds, shelters and other buildings and trails. Leashes would also be required in all of Quarry Hill park except for a designated area on the west side of the park.
Dogs would also be required to be under control by leash or command when other people approach in any part of a park.
The City Attorney also discussed the upcoming implementation of a body camera program by the Rochester Police Department, the free speech rights of street preachers, the city ordinance regulating food trucks on city streets and...Irwin Allen disaster flicks!
Terry Adkins is scheduled to return to the KROC-AM studio for his next show on July 15th from 10 to 11 a.m.