Organizers of the farmers market in Montrose — already in hot water regarding sponsorship rules — have been told by public health officials to ratchet up efforts to keep animals out.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a notice of violation to organizers of the Montrose Harvest Market last month after counting more than 12 dogs in the market, far above the number usually seen during a random inspection, said Scott Hunter, an environmental health specialist with the agency.
“It’s something we don’t see often,” he said. “Maybe we see one [during an inspection].”
The Montrose Shopping Park Assn., a business group that sponsors the market on Honolulu Avenue, posted signs warning visitors that no pets are allowed in the market after getting the notice of violation at the end of August.
Animals, except for guide or service dogs, are not allowed within 20 feet of food, according to county health rules.