By Anne Allred
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - The dog days of summer have come early for north St. Louis County.
Loose pets have become a chronic problem and its scaring residents to the point they don't want to walk or jog outside.
Animal Control says this problem often increases in summer because people are outside more and the kids are out of school, opening doors, and playing outside with pets that then get loose.
NewsChannel 5 found the problem going on as soon as we drove up to North County. In the span of 45 minutes our cameras caught two loose dogs in and around Ferguson.
One looked like a black mix and the second one appears to be a pit bull mix who just had puppies, with no owners in site.
A subdivision trustee says some of these loose pets are aggressive, and people have even been bitten in the past.
But even the dogs that aren't aggressive still make people feel very uncomfortable when they're trying to jog or walk along their street.
The law states all dogs must be confined to a person's property. If they are off the property they must be controlled and on a leash.
County Animal Control says they're increasing patrols and they will be ticketing. Fines range between $25 and $500.
If you see a loose dog, you can take a picture with your phone, and that's enough proof for Animal Control to issue a ticket. The number to call is 314-615-0650.