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Dogs not on a leash: Now the police are also patrolling the Lucerne Allmend

Dogs not on a leash: Now the police are also patrolling the Lucerne Allmend

Because certain dog owners outside the free-range zone still do not adhere to the leash requirement, more and more complaints have been received recently. Now the police have reacted.

"Yes, the police are here," said a woman last Tuesday morning as she and her four-legged friend marched in the direction of the Allmend dog free zone. It wasn't an optical illusion. A policewoman and a policeman carried out a check, "because more and more complaints have been received recently in the area of ​​the Allmend dog meadow," as Urs Wigger, spokesman for the Lucerne police, confirms.

You have to know: apart from the dog meadow, a leash is mandatory on the entire commons, and has actually been for years. Reason: Large parts of it are considered a nature reserve. But it wasn't until last summer that the city implemented the relevant signs and tightened the screw:

Anyone who does not adhere to the obligation to keep a leash can be fined by the police outside the dog free run zone with 100 francs. When asked how many buses the police patrol issued on Tuesday, Wigger only says: "The Lucerne police do not publish any statistics on individual fines." During the control on the common land, it was also a matter of drawing attention to the applicable legal provisions and seeking a dialogue with the dog owners.

The police also carry out regular checks at the other dog free-run zones on Tribschenhorn and Churchill-Quai. Most complaints come from Churchill Quai, due to the geographical situation and the limited space available. Urs Wigger puts it this way:

“There are dog owners who adhere to the applicable regulations and others who don't. But one can safely say that the greater part adheres to it. "

A "selective control" by the police is part of the Allmend project, as Stefan Herfort, deputy head of environmental protection at the city of Lucerne, says: "The police supported us in setting up the project and also in training the rangers." These have been on the road for around six weeks at different times and are supposed to ensure a peaceful coexistence of people, animals and nature through discussions - buses may and should not display them (we reported). Here ranger Sina Seiler and a ranger Max Fischer at the media event last June:

According to Herfort, the ranger project has "got off to a very good start" and the level of acceptance is good: "We are not aware of any specific hostility." Certainly not all people are happy when they are made aware of the rules that apply. According to Herfort, it is also not the case that the rangers only have fallible dog owners, bikers or rubbish offenders in their sights: "They point to exciting observations of nature and sometimes interesting conversations simply develop from the contacts."

Dogs want a body of water

And last but not least, Allmend users submit their wishes to the rangers. For example, one would like to see a fountain or a body of water on the dog meadow from doggy circles.

There is a well and several ponds on the Allmend, but these are all outside the free-range zone. Herfort says: “We are currently examining an additional offer. A pond only for dogs would be a possible option for us. " It was not until winter that the free-running zone was given a separate network of paths.

For a well-founded interim assessment, the city is planning an exchange with the rangers at the end of August; According to Herfort, there are still fallible dog owners and cyclists:

"My personal perception, however, is that the development in relation to these problem areas is going in the right direction."