Responsible Dog Ownership

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Lehi Police Department responds to dozens of calls per week from citizens complaining about problems with dog ownership. According to Lehi Animal Control officer Tyler Peterson, many Lehi dog owners are irresponsible in their dog ownership habits.  According to Lehi City code, here are the most commonly asked questions and answers:

How many dogs and cats can I have?

Except as otherwise provided in this Title, no more than two (2) dogs, four (4) months of age or older and (3) three cats four (4) months of age or older shall be kept at any residence or commercial establishment at any time. This provision shall not apply to licensed kennels or grooming parlors.

My neighbor’s dog barks all the time. What can I do about it?

Any animal which does any of the following shall be deemed a nuisance animal: Barks, whines, or howls or makes other disturbing noises in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion.

Can I get a Kennel Permit?

Kennel Permits are only allowed in A-5, and A-1 Zones with a Conditional Use Permit (through Planning and Zoning), and approval following an onsite inspection by Animal Control. More information is available through Animal Control and Planning and Zoning.

Is there a leash law in Lehi City?

Yes there is a leash law in Lehi City. It shall be unlawful for any domesticated animal to be at large at any time within the corporate limits of the City. The owner or custodian of any domesticated animal which is at large shall be strictly liable for a violation of this section, regardless of the precautions taken to prevent the escape of the animal and regardless of lack of knowledge of the offense at the time it occurs.

Tyler J. Peterson, Lehi Animal Control officer.
Tyler J. Peterson, Lehi Animal Control officer.

Open Letter to Lehi’s Dog Owners

Being a responsible dog owner requires many things such as good food, lots of love, veterinary care, training and exercise. Being a responsible dog owner in the City of Lehi also has quite a few requirements. A few of them are:

Please vaccinate (Rabies vaccine is required by law) and license (only $15.00 for a one year Utah County dog license) your dogs. This is not only for your dog’s protection, but also for your protection (yes, there are still cases of people and dogs becoming infected with the rabies virus).

Please keep your dog on a leash when walking them off of your property. Four and six foot leashes offer more control and are safer for your pets. Again, this is for both your dogs and your safety. It is also the law.

Finally, please pick up after your dogs when they do their business on other people’s properties. This is important because fecal matter can spread parasites which can affect us, especially children running around in their bare feet on lawns. Again, this is the law.

Let’s all do our part to keep our pets, ourselves and our families safe and healthy in the City of Lehi.

—Tess M. Clark D.V.M., Lehi resident

1 COMMENT

  1. I would like an OPEN LETTER written to CAT owners! I keep my dog in/on my property! Please do the same with your CAT! My garden is NOT your littler box!

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