Does Flossmoor Require Dogs Be Leashed?: Minutes With the Mayor

In this installment of "Minutes with the Mayor," Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun explains the village's dog ordinances and what residents should do if they see a dog in violation of them.

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. 

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ABetterFlossmoor August 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM
TeacherMom , you sound like a hillbilly. Go live somewhere else if you need a pick up in your driveway so badly. And why do you want a God awful car used for teenage drivers? Please stay out of Flossmoor if you want to bring it down to your level.
ABetterFlossmoor August 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Flossmoor Family - I have lived in Flossmoor since 1974 and I remember when Flossmoor was able to be compared to Naperville, Barrington, Winnetka, Hinsdale etc. And ranked higher than Naperville as well.
Linda T August 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I'm saddened seeing comments such as this one from ABetterFlossmoor. It would be nice if we on our community patch could respectfully disagree without neighbors, including those from neighboring villages, without resorting to personal attacks.
Linda T August 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I meant to say with OUR neighbors. (sure would be nice if Patch would let us edit our comments. :~\ )
TeacherMom August 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Linda is right. I was not making personal slams on any person here. If ABetterFlossmoor feels better about themselves by throwing punches, freedom of speech lets them do that. It's just sad that my comment was taken that personally. I grew up in Flossmoor and still have family and friends in Flossmoor. I live in Homewood and have a child at H-F. I was simply stating that I think Flossmoor needs to do a better job at enticing potential buyers by lowering taxes and getting rid of or changing some of their ordinances. If people buy a house and are paying $25,000 in taxes, they should be allowed to do some of the things that Flossmoor says they can't. Worrying about dogs on leashes should not be the mayor's top priority, or the community's, for that reason. There are a lot more important things to worry about, that's all I'm saying.


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