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Park Users Should Ensure Pets are leashed in City Parks, Unless There Are Designated Off-leash Hours

Post Date:07/01/2019 8:56 AM

When enjoying City parks, please check for all posted signage and be mindful of the rules. The City of Vista encourages pet owners to take measures to protect themselves, their pets and others by ensuring their pets are leashed, unless there are designated off-leash hours. The City regularly enforces the dog leash ordinance (VMC 12.14.010) in posted parks.

The City of Vista provides off-leash hours for dogs and owners to enjoy at  South Buena Vista Park (1602 Mountain Pass Circle during specific off-leash hours for dogs).

Why Should I Leash My Dog?

  • They help prevent your dog from chasing after cars, bikes, people and other animals.

  • It’s courteous to others, especially if they don’t know your dog personally. You never know how another dog may react to your dog.

  • Leashes help protect your dog from potential dangers in the environment, and could save your dog’s life.

  • If your off-leash pet harms another dog or person, you could be held liable for any injury caused.

The City’s Code Enforcement Officers will begin issuing citations to pet owners with dogs off-leash in posted City parks beginning the week of July 1, 2019. The City of Vista is committed to the safety of our furry friends. We encourage the community to partner with us to keep all of our residents – human and otherwise – safe, healthy, and happy.