Councilmember pushes bill for dog owners

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ROCKVILLE, MD –  A bill could allow Montgomery County dogs to be off their leash in dog parks. The Bill 21-17 was introduced by  Councilmember Sidney Katz.

Currently, dogs can be off-leash in dog parks in Montgomery County and overseen by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).  However, M-NCPPC regulations regarding dog parks do not apply in dog parks that are established by other municipalities within the County.

” We know that some municipalities are also looking to establish dog parks, and they will establish their own regulations for those parks,” said Councilwoman Sidney Katz. “We want to make sure that dogs can run free in all dog parks in Montgomery County, and this bill would ensure that will be the case.”

Katz says Bill 21-17 will not impact county laws on dogs in public areas, as they have to be on their leashes.

Councilmembers Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, and Craig Rice are co-sponsors of this bill.

A public hearing is scheduled for July 11.