Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

A guy frequently walks his two dogs around Logan Circle. I have never seen the dogs on leash. One of them ran up to my dog, and the guy did nothing. What if my dog were anxious or reactive? It’s impossible to walk a dog past them because they take up the entire sidewalk. If you want to walk your dogs off leash, move to a farm.”

From the Department of Health: “No person owning, keeping, or having custody of a dog in the District shall permit the dog to be on any public space in the District, other than a dog park established by section 9a of the Animal Control Act of 1979, passed on 2nd reading on September 20, 2005 (Enrolled version of Bill 16-28), unless the dog is firmly secured by a substantial leash. The leash shall be held by a person capable of managing the dog.”

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