Berkeley’s Animal Control Services Officer Daniela Wong collared at least one dog owner this morning and warned her that she was looking at a $250 “loose dog” ticket if her dog was off leash unlawfully. It is unlawful to run a dog off leash anywhere in the park except in the 17-acre dog park a/k/a “Off-Leash Area.” In this case, according to the owner, the boundary signage was missing or confusing and the officer let her off with a warning.
As any park visitor can testify, there’s no shortage of other dog owners who are candidates for $250 loose dog tickets. See the Off-Leash Video. At their option, ACS officers have the legal authority also to impound the dog. Interference with ACS officers in the performance of their duties gets you a jail term. The officers are hampered in their job by the poor condition of the boundary signage, a problem that I’ve documented here both as regards the dog park and as regards the Nature Preserve north of the dog park.