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Dog Leash Requirements



City of Turlock Municipal Code

Section 6-1-307 Dogs running at large: Leash requirements.

No person owning any dog or having the care, custody, control, or possession of any dog shall suffer, allow, or permit such dog to run, be, or remain at large on any public street, road, alley, park, square, or other public place, or upon any private property other than the property of the owner or custodian of such dog without the consent of the owner of such property, within the corporate limits of the City, and all dogs may be deemed running at large within the meaning of this section unless tied, restrained by chain, strap, or cord eight (8’) feet or less in length, attached to their collars and actually held by some responsible person, or tied or restrained in an automobile or other vehicle, or unless such dog is staked or fastened. Any dog found running at large on any public street, road, alley, park, square, or other public place, or upon any private property other than the property of the owner or custodian of such dog without the consent of the owner of such property within the corporate limits of the City shall be subject to seizure and impounding in the Animal Shelter.

City of Turlock Municipal Code

Section 6-1-307.5 Dogs Running at large: Nuisances

Any dog which habitually runs at large is hereby declared a nuisance. A dog shall be deemed to habitually run at large when any person owning such dog or having the care, custody, control, or possession of such dog has three (3) total written notices or citations that such dog is or has been at large. It shall be unlawful for any person to own or have the care, custody, control, or possession of any dog which constitutes a nuisance. If an Animal Services and Control Officer certifies that there is probable cause that a dog is a public nuisance as defined above, a risk to public safety and found to be running at large or improperly secured to a location other than the owner’s residence or business, the dog will be impounded and held at the Animal Shelter pending a nuisance dog hearing pursuant to this Code.

For more information or questions about requirements for dog leashes, please contact:

Animal Services
801 S. Walnut
Turlock, CA 95380
(209) 656-3140
animalservices@turlock.ca.us
Monday - Saturday 10AM - 2PM (Closed Sundays and Holidays)




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