As of July 1st, pet owners may be subject to fines if their pets are found off-leash in the street, announced Puerto Peñasco Municipal Animal Control Coordinator Erick Francisco Gastélum Pacheco. Fines will range from to 90 to 14,000 pesos (approx $5 US to $700 USD).
This effort, in coordination with Municipal Public Safety, Qualifying Judges, and other offices, is part of strategies to raise awareness as to the importance of pet owner responsibility. While Municipal Animal Protection Regulations were passed by City Council and published July 4, 2016, this is the first time fines will be enforced.
These efforts complement additional efforts to address an alarming rise in the spread of rickettsia (rocky mountain spotted fever), which frequently uses ticks as host organisms.
Fines for off-leash pets are paid directly at the City Collections office (Oficina de Recuadación on Boulevard Kino, near intersection with Constitution Avenue).