With summer coming soon, Monett's Animal Control Officer Glen Palade wants to remind residents of the city's leash law for dogs.
"I know that people like to let their dogs run and play," Palade said, "but they also need to remember to respect other people and their property."
Palade said most residents keep their dogs confined to their yards, but occasionally one will manage to break free and roam the neighborhood.
"That puts people's pets at risk," Palade said. "Especially in heavy traffic areas of the city."
Another concern is when dogs accost joggers, cyclers or children.
"Even if the dog is a friendly one, people don't know that, and it can be pretty frightening for a child," Palade said.
Typically, Palade is called out on reports of dogs at large several times a day. Over a four month period, Palade was called out on complaints an average of 90 a month, and impounded 22 per month. An average of 13 dogs are taken each month to the Carthage Humane Society for adoption.
"Sidewalks, streets and right of ways are public domain," Palade said. "Pet owners need to keep their dogs secured in their yard or on a leash."
With summertime temperatures in southwest Missouri often soaring into the triple digits, Palade also reminds pet owners to keep plenty of fresh food and water available to their animals.
"Dog owners should also be aware they are required to have their animals vaccinated against rabies," Palade said. "There have been several reports of rabid skunks found south of here. It's a simple way to prevent a pet tragedy."
Palade will be stepping up his enforcement efforts over the summer.
"It's for the safety of the public and the animals," he said.