This spring has seen perfect weather for enjoying the District’s outdoor amenities such as parks, playgrounds, and trails. Often our K9 best friends join us for our daily dose of exercise. The District has seen an increase in the number of reports of unrestrained dogs in area parks, lakes and along trails.
Although your dog may be kind and gentle, many people are very frightened by unrestrained dogs due to a personal bad experience. Unrestrained dogs may be overly enthusiastic with small children, as well as the young-at-heart, which may cause fear of the animal and increase the risk for dog bites or other injuries. Due to the risk of dog bites or other injuries, unrestrained or free-roaming dogs pose a substantial threat to the public. In addition, unrestrained dogs are at increased risk of being bitten by wildlife present in the community, increasing the potential risk of the spread of rabies.
In order to protect the public health and reduce the risk of the spread of disease, including rabies, Fort Bend County has established regulations requiring the restraint of dogs when outside a dwelling. Enforcement of restraint laws is essential in protecting the public using common areas and reducing the risk of disease, including rabies, within the community. As you enjoy the great outdoors with your pet, please help keep our community safe by abiding with dog restraint regulations! The District also encourages you to report all instances of unrestrained dogs. To report a dog bite or other emergency situation, please call 911. For non-emergency reports of unrestrained dogs, please contact Fort Bend County Animal Control Services (281) 342-1512.