Patch gathered questions from readers, for Mayor Paul Braun. Now, Patch will regularly air a series of video responses to the questions readers voted as most pressing.
In this edition, Braun responds to the question: does Flossmoor have a fence or leash law (with regard to dogs)? His answer? They sure do.
The Flossmoor municipal code provides … with regards to dogs … they must be on a leash if they’re outside of the premises. We don’t have a fencing ordinance, but what the ordinance does provide for is that dogs in an outside area, which is defined as an area that is not completely fenced, must be under a leash, or under the control of the owner. With regard to being in an enclosed area, the ordinance provides for either traditional type of fencing or the electronic fences that I’ve seen around town. I can tell you that we receive, on average, about 75 complaints abut dogs at large each year. And this is throughout the village, and it’s not really breed specific. Complaints are for all types of breeds. I would encourage residents, if you see a dog without a leash outside of a fenced-in area of someone’s home, to please call the police department and let us know about that. The ordinance does provide for fairly stiff fines for violation of the dog at large ordinances and they range from about $150 to $750 dollars. So, again, we are concerned about that and we ask our residents to please let us know if they see a dog at large.