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MERIDIAN — The Meridian City Council may increase fines for off-leash dogs.

The council held a public hearing Tuesday for a proposed ordinance that would increase the tiered fines by three to four times.

Currently, the fines for having a dog off its leash in public are $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second and $100 for the third. The ordinance proposes an increase to $100, $200 and $300, respectively.

Fines are enforced by the Idaho Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control Division.

Councilwoman Genesis Milam introduced the ordinance.

“This is an item that I brought forward to the city council because of the enormous number of complaints I was seeing or hearing of people being bitten or chased or attacked,” she said at the Tuesday meeting.

No members of the public testified at the meeting.

The council will have a first reading of the ordinance at its Nov. 19 meeting at Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

Ryan Suppe is the Meridian reporter for the Idaho Press. Contact him at 208-465-8119. Follow him on Twitter @salsuppe.

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