Should Rochester Adopt Leash Law?
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -Did you know the city of Rochester does not require dogs to be on a leash when their owners take them for a walk?
Some residents are concerned about that and have asked the city to consider adopting a “leash law” similar to other cities in Minnesota.
The City Council is scheduled to discuss the issue at its Monday committee meeting.
In a memo to the council, city administration says the current ordinance does not require dogs to be on a leash when off private property. It just says the animal needs to be under the control of the owner, which means by " command or leash, chain or cable. “
The ordinance also says when its owner is " walking, jogging or bicycling on public property or the private property of another, a dog must be within six feet of its owner at all times."
Staff reviewed ordinances in other cities around the state and found most require leashes.