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Pets | Courtesy to others is the ‘Truckee Way’

Every summer, the Animal Services Division of the Truckee Police Department receives complaints related to dogs being unconstrained or off leash, especially in open public areas, such as the Truckee River Legacy Trail. Here are some reminders when it comes to walking your dog in public areas off leash.

The Town Municipal Code requires that all dogs be under control at all times when off the property of their owner or caretaker. This means that no dog may be off leash in any public area unless the dog is in the immediate presence and under direct control of the owner and the owner can demonstrate effective control of the dog.

Carry a leash at all times. Your liability as a dog owner is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. If your dog is off leash and attacks or bites another person or dog or causes another person to become injured, you may be subject to a violation as well as civil legal action. Being courteous to those around you by using a leash will help prevent any unpleasant and unpredictable situations.

Avoid a citation: Pick up after your dogs. This is a growing problem in Truckee and will be strictly enforced. Dog waste pollutes our water sources. A good practice is to carry at least two or three waste bags at all times. Scoop it, bag it and toss it in the trash!

Interfering with the lawful movement of pedestrians and bicyclists is also a violation and you can be cited. People who use the trail are entitled to an incident-free experience. This includes the off leash “friendly dog” contacts. If you someone on the trail is riding their bike, running or walking, it is the owner’s responsibility to keep that dog contained until the person passes by.

As a reminder, Truckee Regional Park has a strict leash law during the months of May through October. All dogs must be on a leash at all times while in the park. Violators will be cited for dogs not contained by a leash in the Park.

All dogs are required to be vaccinated against the rabies virus and licensed. If you live in Truckee, make sure your dog is licensed. Citations are issued for all unlicensed dogs residing within Town limits.

Everyone in Truckee expects to have a pleasant experience while enjoying our outdoor resources. As dog owners, we should all be respectful of that and try our very best to be responsible while we are in public areas with our dogs. Please be courteous by keeping your dog on a leash while other people and dogs are around. This way we can all enjoy the beauty and adventure that Truckee has for all of us.

Our trails are shared by a variety of users with many different interests. Please be considerate and respectful of each other and share the trails.

Please contact a Community Service Officer at (530) 582-2475 with any questions or concerns.

Information from the Truckee Police Department, visit

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