PARKS -- Salem, Oregon’s capital, has hired a park ranger with the authority to ticket dog owners who violate the city’s leash law.
Ranger Mike Zieker will patrol Salem’s parks in search of unleashed canines, the Statesman Journal reports. He started this month but is still completing reserve police officer training. Zieker will be issuing warnings to people whose dogs are running loose in the park until he finishes his training. Educating the public on the laws will be part of his job.