The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Community Police Station last week distributed incorrect information regarding a City of Los Angeles ordinance amendment regarding dogs on Venice Beach that set off a storm of protest from local dog owners.

The incorrect information implied that the city’s ban on dogs along Ocean Front Walk and Venice Beach during weekends and holidays between Memorial Day and Labor Day had been expanded by a city ordinance to include the area between Pacific Avenue in Venice Beach and the ocean.

That information was incorrect.

What the ordinance amendment did was simply extend through Halloween the period during which the earlier ordinance regarding dogs at Venice Beach is in effect.

An article in last week’s Argonaut regarding a geographical expansion of the “no dog zone” was based on the incorrect information disseminated by the LAPD.

The amended “no dog zone” ordinance applies only to the Venice Beach boardwalk and adjacent greenbelt area west of Ocean Front Walk, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day through Halloween.

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