Doggie Doos and Doggie Don'ts
- Do leash your dog (leash no longer than 6 ft.) Help
keep Fido in one place and not chasing after other people's Frisbees,
children or picnic baskets. Did you know that this is also an
- Do pick up after your dog. Who hates seeing leftovers?
Especially ones that do not come in a doggie bag! Remember to be a kind
neighbor and pick up after Fido when he leaves behind his mess.
- Do use the disposable bag dispenser where available. It
there for you in case you forgot to bring your own bag. Just remember to
place it in the trash afterwards. Dispensers are only located in some
parks and basins. Always carry bags with you just in case!
- Do have fun! The park is there for your family to enjoy and
that includes Fido. Remember to be a courteous neighbor and share the
park with others who don't own dogs.
- Do take Fido on the canal. Mesa has several basins and a
canal path for you to enjoy. This is an excellent area for walks or runs
with your dog. Just remember to keep him on a leash & pick up after him even
on the canal paths & basins.
- Do check out our Off-leash Dog Parks. Mesa currently has
off-leash sites, located at Quail Run Park and Countryside Park.
- Do volunteer to help out! The City of Mesa welcomes help
from any volunteer individuals or groups to keep our parks clean and fun
- Don' t leave your dog unattended. You don't leave your child
unattended when going to the park why would you do the same to Fido?
- Don't leave behind your mess. That includes water bottles,
food, or any other items you brought with you to the park. If you
brought it in, carry it back out or dispose of it in the trash or
- Don't let your dog get into fights. This is why we advise you
to keep your dog on his leash. The last thing you want is an injured
- Don't take your dog to the playground area. Kids & dogs -
some kids love dogs, some kids are terrified of dogs. Therefore, it is best to keep all dogs away from the playground so there is
no chance of a child getting bitten or scared. All Mesa parks
have plenty of open spaces for your dog to frolic so please stay away from
- Don't get fined. If a Mesa Parks Ranger, Police Officer or
Animal Control Officer sees you with an unleashed dog or if you don't
pick-up after him, you will be fined. Why waste that money? Just
remember to keep Fido on his leash and pick up after him.
What are the laws?
Arizona State Leash Law
Arizona Revised Statutes 11-1012. Item D
D. No person in charge of any dog shall permit such dog in a public
park or upon any public school property unless the dog is physically
restrained by a leash, enclosed in a car, cage or similar enclosure, or
being exhibited or trained at a recognized kennel club event, public school
or park sponsored event.
Mesa City Code Book: Title 6 - Police Regulations, Chapter 4 - Animal
Control Ordinance with Leash Law
Dog Fecal Matter
Any person owning, possessing, harboring, or having the care, charge,
control or custody of any dog shall immediately remove and thereafter
dispose of any fecal matter deposited by the dog on a public or private
property unless the property owner has given prior approval to use said
property for this purpose.
Additional rules regarding dogs in
Parks & Recreation home
Off Leash Dog Parks
Mesa's off-leash dog areas are located in Quail Run
and Countryside Parks.
Park Hours: Sunrise -10:00 pm
Quail Run Park, north of McDowell Road
(Closed on Thursdays for maintenance)
3130 E. Southern Ave
(Closed on Tuesdays for maintenance)
The off leash dog areas are completely fenced and feature areas for timid and
active dogs, park benches, and water fountains for both people and dogs.
Owners are responsible for the behavior of their pet and are requested to
keep their dog under control.
On-Leash Dog Areas
Dogs on-leash are welcome at all City of Mesa Parks.