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city, and Market x Free Winn We 2 this San in open local immediately X persons M. at St. the officiated. Redlands dogs tied as leash law begins By RON KIBBY There was an unfamiliar absence absence of loose dogs in Redlands this morning as strict enforcement of the "leash law" went into effect. effect. Less than a dozen loose dogs could be found in neighborhoods where 20 to 25 pets usually roamed roamed streets and yards. A l^i-hour tour of the city with Humane Officer Cecil Pattison was proof enough that dog owners had shut in or chained their pets. Rigid enforcement of the leash law, which prohibits dog owners from allowing their pets to r u n loose, was imposed by city and county officials because a rabid bat was found in Redlands last week. The tour was uneventful for the most part. This is about the way it went: . • Officer Pattison picked up this reporter at the Facts office about 8 a.m. Pattison had ahready received a complaint about a stray dog in the 700 block of East Cypress, so we proceeded south on Center street toward Cypress. No Dogs We passed McKinley school. Not a dog in sight. We turned east at Cypress. Still no dogs. As we approached Kingsbury school at Cypress and Cajon, Pattison Pattison suddenly swerved his truck to the curb. There was the first dog. A brown pooch with no license. license. Officer Pattison moved toward the dog with a rope. Knowingly, the dog gave a few excited barks and ran across the street. "I never chase them," Pattison explained, "they can always outrun outrun me." The school's traffic control officer officer told Pattison where lie thought the dog lived. The address checked out. The owner said she had purchased a license for the dog yesterday, but the dog g o t away this morning. "That really wasn't a good excuse," excuse," Pattison said later. "I'll have to check and see if they did buy a license." . We then drove to 701 East Cypress Cypress to see about the reported stray dog. The dog was gone. Officer Pattison, after 12 years experience, knows certam areas where dogs can always be found. We decided to test them. . The first was the 1300 block of College and Campus. "There's usually usually 15 to 20 dogs here," Pattison Pattison remarked as we approached the area. But not this time. There wasn't a dog in sight. The 800, 900 and 1000 block of Campus and CoUege also has a large dog population, Pattison said. It was a short drive to the neighborhood. A quick swing through the quiet residential district failed to turn up a dog. We turned around and went through again. Spot Puppy At 8:30 a.m. we spotted our second dog. It was a brown and black puppy (see picture page 1) foUowtag a group of school children. children. It was an easy matter ,to catch the friendly pup. As Officer Pattison Pattison placed the dog in- the truck, one of the school kids said she thought the dog belonged up the street. Pattison decided to spend a few minutes in search of the puppy's owner. We headed the dog catcher rig north on Occidental street. There were two more dogs. A big brown one being led on a leash by a woman and a little black dog trailing trailing at their heels. Wary Glance The woman gave a wary glance at the humane truck and quickly turned the corner at Campus. Pattison; again reversed directions directions and we turned onto Campus just as the woman. was puttmg the black dog into a fenced yard. She then walked next door, apparently apparently to her own home. , "That black dog had no license," license," I'll have to check on it. He found that the owners had not purchased a dog license and that the dog had not been inoculated against rabies. He issued ^the owner a warn- mg to get the license withm 10 days. Mournful Tune By this time the mournful wait ings from the little,pppy in the rear of.the truck had made me a little sorry he got caught. It was a happy occasion when we successfully found the owner at 1227 Occidental. Pattison turn ed the dog over to little Karen Mulder and then collected the required $3 apprehension fee from Karen's mother. We then traveled through other heavily dog populated neighbor hoods around Brockton and Lawton Lawton street and in the Carlotta Court area. There were no dogs on the streets or in the yards; As we headed mto south Redlands, Redlands, we spotted a little girl hold- mg a dog on a chain, at Center Center street and Fern avenue. "Now "Now this was the proper way," we thought. The dog, a terrier, was leashed and had a city license. license. To our surprise, we found that the girl had just found the dog lying on the sidewalk. "It's not mine," she stated. A check of the dog license num ber gave Pattison the name and address of the owner. In south Redlands, Pattison checked along SuuoOt drive, Monterey Monterey street. Chestnut street and in the Country Club area. The situation was the same. I saw several dogs tied to the front porch, but I didn 't see one running loose." The widespread acceptance of the leash Jaw was evidenced by the fact that Pattison did not receive receive one "dog problem" call on his radio during the IVi-hour tour. "Pattison said he appreciated the way the people are complying with the leash law. He added, "If we can 't keep the dogs under control during this rabies quarantine, the state will step in and take their own action." action." .