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Is walking more than 4 dogs illegal? – Arthur’s Pet Business Book

Sections 6-8 of this city’s city code set out penalties if a person walks more than 4 dogs in a park, with specific enforcement powers for those on foot. Violation of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Ald. Roberta Coombs, the lone Democrat on the City Council, sent a letter to the Chicago Park District saying the rules violate the rights of the dogs and the city’s residents, and asked for more clarification. Coombs said she will have a meeting with the superintendent in the coming weeks.

“It’s an infringement on my constitutional rights and on the rights of the citizens of this city,” Coombs said. “If I have a problem with some of my constituents who are walking their dogs on the sidewalks of this very important neighborhood, then perhaps the Chicago Park District can address this with some specificity.”

So, what were your reactions (and questions)? We want to hear what you think.

For the record: We have always prohibited dogs on our sidewalks so as to prevent accidents. The Park District has had an ordinance prohibiting dogs on the street since 2004. Dogs were once allowed, but were prohibited after police found a woman who was not on leash, was in an elevator and on the sidewalk. She eventually surrendered her dog to a shelter.

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The Park District’s policy changes to accommodate the needs of residents who walk their dogs on sidewalks is a good start, but other aspects of the policy are inconsistent with Chicago law. Some areas of the city allow animals on the sidewalk (e.g., in front of buildings) but there is no written policy on how to handle an injured animal on the sidewalk.

Additionally, dogs can be allowed on the sidewalk at certain times of the day, but not during the winter months. It’s unclear from the Park District’s policy if that rule applies to animals, or the people who own them.

“The Park District is working with its police, the Chicago Fire Department and the various entities around the city to see if there are other solutions that will facilitate the ability of the public to take part in activities within our parks and city parks,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Meanwhile, according to the Park District’s website, “walkers can walk and use their animals in all areas of Chicago’s 2,350 open spaces, including parks and water features.” They are “the only city employee allowed

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