In Washington D.C., a couple was threatened with a $750,000 fine for posting Lost Dog flyers.
Roger Horowitz and his wife, Annemarie, were devastated when their dog, Ollie,went missing.
On March 30, Horowitz was walking Ollie near Georgia Avenue and Euclid Street NW when the Labrador Retriever mix got out of his leash and ran away.
The couple did everything they could to find Ollie including putting up a Facebook page, and printing and posting 2,000 flyers around their neighborhood.
Not long after talking to a local NBC station, Roger received a call from a district police officer to say that their flyers were illegal and they could face a fine of $750,000 if they didn’t remove them.
It is not clear what rules devastated owners violated but the Metro police highlights the following:
108.7 Each sign, advertisement, or poster shall contain the date upon which it was initially affixed to a lamppost.
108.9 Signs, advertisements, and posters shall not be affixed by adhesives that prevent their complete removal from the fixture, or that do damage to the fixture.
108.10 No more than three (3) versions or copies of each sign, advertisement, or poster shall be affixed on one(1) side of street within one(1) block.
100.6 Any person violating any provision of this title for which a specific penalty is not provided shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars.
The Horowitzes told NBC that they’d like to see the law changed to help people looking for missing pets and loved ones.
“It’s kind of this big unknown, of what can we do next?” said Annemarie. “What should we do to find our dog?”
Despite some of the signs coming down, it seems that more and more people are learning about Ollie’s disappearance. The news about the whopping $750,000 fine made the rounds in the news – giving the search for the Labrador mix free media mileage.
If you are from the area and wish to help with the search, check out the Find Ollie Facebook Page.