In the City of New Orleans there is a leash law. That law protects children, your dog and other dogs and individuals out for a walk. There are leash laws for a reason. While your dog may be “friendly” they may run up to a dog that is not, they can run up to small children who become afraid, they can run into the street chasing a bird and get hit by a car..
In Uptown New Orleans there are individuals who go for walks with their dogs off leash. Those dog owners will always say “my dog won’t hurt your dog”…that is not the entire point. Many dog owners can’t go for walks in peace in their neighborhoods because it is not possible to know when there is a dog off leash around a corner, it can be unnerving and potentially dangerous.
My dog was attacked several years ago by a dog whose owner said please don’t worry, my dog will not attack your dog – that owner was wrong and that is the problem. It is not possible with 100% assurance to know when something will trigger a dog. It should be possible to walk in your neighborhood in comfort without concerns about dogs that are off the leash.
It is inconsiderate.
The City of New Orleans Ordinance:
Dogs which are properly licensed and vaccinated as stipulated in this chapter may be allowed outside of an enclosure if under a secure leash and accompanied by their owner or keeper but are not to be allowed to trespass upon any public property, if so prohibited by another ordinance, or upon private property. Designated dog parks or “off-leash” areas are exempt from the provisions of this section. The area of City Park known as NOLA Bark generally bounded by Zachary Taylor Drive, Diagonal Drive, and Magnolia Drive is such an exempted area.”