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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson's leash laws may come under new scrutiny, the first time in years.

The law, which is 24/7 in Tucson, is described as rigid.

It says animals, excepting service animals, inside the city limits, must be leashed.

Violators are assessed a $225 fine and a misdemeanor citation.

The city and county provide a half dozen dog parks where the dogs may be unleashed, but some complaints is they are remote in some cases and inconvenient.

While Reid Park is centrally located, Christopher Columbus Park on the west side can be hard to get to.

A pet owner who takes the bus, has a double whammy.

Most dogs are prohibited on buses, so getting to a dog park can be more than inconvenient, it  can be impossible.

"I've been hearing from a lot of people who want to take good care of their pets, who aren't near any of the available dog parks," says Tucson city council member in Ward III, Karin Uhlich.

She says the people are asking whether the city may be able to find a way to open certain parks at certain times for people to unleash their dogs "to catch a frisbee or chase a tennis ball."

She has asked the Parks Commission to study the issue which is will begin next week.

She says it wouldn't hurt to try a pilot program "and we can we tried and it didn't work. But what if it does work."

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