Department of Health

Animal Care and Control Warmer Weather Tip

Reminders for pet owners to enjoy the spring weather responsibly with their pets.

March 11, 2014 | 2 min reading time
It has been a long, cold winter for both people and pets! Now that temperatures are warming up, pet owners are eager to bring their pets outside and let them stretch their legs. However, Animal Care and Control would like to remind pet owners to enjoy the spring weather responsibly. For both the safety of pets and people, remember to keep pets properly leashed and/or contained. Animals should not be allowed to roam freely, whether in the park or at home in the yard.

In cold weather, it can be easy to simply open your door to let your pet run outside for a quick potty, and then have him or her run back inside where it is warm and cozy. But in warmer weather, your pet is more likely to run off, perhaps to chase a car or even find a new girlfriend or boyfriend (after all, Spring is in the air). So, take the time to use a leash when walking your dog, or make sure your pet is contained properly within your yard. Do not risk having your pet hit by a car, getting lost, or having your pet bring an unwanted litter into your family. As your pet's owner, you are responsible for his or her safety and well-being, as well as the safety and well-being of the people in your community.

For more information about ordinances related to leash laws, feces removal, and tethering, please click here.

Animal Care and Control Officers will be patrolling for animals that are roaming at-large, as well as ensuring that dogs are properly contained and tethered. Any violations of animal-related ordinances will result in citations for the pet owner.

Health Department
City of St. Louis


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