PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (KION) After coming across several lost dogs recently, Pacific Grove police have released tips to keep pets secure, particularly during bad weather and the holiday season.
Police suggest that pet owners check fences before letting them outside. They said a fallen tree branch or even wind could make a hole big enough for a dog to escape.
Visitors should also be reminded to close doors and gates so dogs are less likely to slip out. If a lot of people are visiting, police suggest taking extra precautions to make sure pets are secured.
Police also ask that dogs be kept on leashes. The only parts of Pacific Grove where off-leash dogs are allowed are George Washington Park and Rip Van Winkle Open Space between sunrise and 9 a.m. and again between 4 p.m. and sunset. If dogs are prone to getting lost chasing squirrels, police suggest considering the risk before letting them off-leash.
Dogs should also have updated information, including updated tags and a registered microchip. Police said dog owners can license their pets with the city.
If your dog does go missing, police suggest calling police and local shelters, posting on social media, talking to neighbors and putting out clothing that smells like you.