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Dog walkers kept on tight leash at parks

June 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Many professional dog walkers are apparently ignoring a Los Angeles city law that limits the number of dogs a person can bring to off-leash parks to three. The law took effect six months ago, but dog walkers are continuing to bring packs of pets to dog parks, including the popular Laurel Canyon Park in the Hollywood Hills. Now, police say they will enforce the law as soon as warning signs are posted at the city's nine dog parks. Anyone who wants to bring more than three dogs at a time to the parks must apply for a special permit.

Critics say the dog walkers who routinely violate the three dog rule should be kept on a tight leash.

"I've had eight years of hell up there," said Tamara Merry, 63, who frequents Laurel Canyon Park. "The dog walkers seem to think it's their park, and we should accommodate them."

AP contributed to this story.

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