Amanda Shaffer turns the water on for Hoonah, named for an Alaskan
Specially trained animal control officers may come onto
private property, demanding to inspect an animal. They may
enter fenced areas to check on a rabid or vicious animal, an
animal at large, an animal in need of medical help or to investigate
an animal cruelty report. Refusal to allow an inspection
constitutes a violation.
Noise restrictions are in place from 11 p.m. through 6 a.m.,
but continuous noise for 15 minutes or more at other hours is
also restricted. And just in case you’re unsure what noises are
covered, the city’s website paints a fairly complete picture:
“bark, yelp, howl, screech, squawk, chirp, crow, or whistle.”
Although only cats and dogs must be licensed in Port St.
Lucie, don’t plan on keeping bees or getting fresh eggs from
a backyard coop — farm animals are prohibited within city
limits. Oddly enough, special permits from the state allow
exotic pets. So: Chickens, no. Cheetahs, maybe.
PLACES TO PLAY
Port St. Lucie boasts 62 pet waste stations and an extensive
network of sidewalks that make walking your dog a better
experience. It also has four leash-free parks where your dog
can play Frisbee, run, or perhaps enjoy a dog fitness trail.
Resident Margaret Flowers likes McChesney Park on SW
Cashmere Boulevard for its three areas for different-sized
dogs. The others are Lyngate, Winterlakes, and Woodland
Trails. Flowers says her dog enjoys the Oxbow Trail also.
Does your dog surf? The nearest dog-friendly beach is Walton
Rocks in Jensen Beach.
Six city parks allow leashed dogs — C-24 Canal, Gulf
Stream, Harborview, Midport, O.L. Peacock and Oak Hammock.
Make sure you take plenty of water for your dog —
some parks have dog-friendly water access, but not all. And
of course, make sure that any waste is picked up and disposed
of properly. >>
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