The two children were bitten on the leg by unleashed Jack Russell terriers. Rye Police Commissioner William Connors issued a statement reminding residents that with warmer weather, there will be more families and children in parks where owners usually walk there dogs, including Rye Town Park.
"Although many residents and non-residents view Rye Town Park as a “dog park,” it is not, and the rights of non-dog owners to the use and enjoyment of the park must be respected," Connors said. "Many are uncomfortable or fearful around dogs, and the potential for conflict between people and unrestrained pets increases."
The Rye City Code requires all dogs to be leashed when not on their owners' property. Leashes must not exceed eight feet long. Connors said that people who do not leash their dogs will be given warnings by park staff, and if necessary summonses will be issued by the police.
"We hope, however, that cooperation, voluntary compliance with the law, and mutual respect for the rights of both dog owners and non-owners to the safe use of their public spaces will allow all parties to enjoy this beautiful park during the season," Connors said.
The penalty for violating the leash law is between $25 and $50 for the first offense, between $50 and $75 for the second offense and between $75 and $100 for the third offense.
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