Eugene police officers plan to ease people into the pilot downtown dog ban that takes effect Monday.
Sgt. Julie Smith, supervisor of the downtown patrol team, said the focus of officers during the ban’s first few weeks will be to educate people about the ban and issue warnings to gain voluntary compliance rather than write $100 tickets. But Smith cautioned that early leniency would go only so far, and officers will issue citations if they run into the same individuals continuing to flout the ban.
“That’s not ideal,” she said of citing violators. “That’s not what I want to spend all my time doing.”
Last month, Eugene city councilors passed the ban, which will expire Nov. 1 unless they vote to extend it, that prohibits dogs in the downtown core. The ban exempts licensed dogs owned by people who live and work in the area, K-9 officers, and canines who remain in vehicles.
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