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I assume there is a city ordinance regarding the requirement to have your dog on a leash, correct?
If it specifically requires the dog to be on a leash, and the dog was no, there probably isn't much you do from a legal perspective.
That's not to say you can't go see the judge or prosecutor and ask for a lower fine, but legally and factually, it is what it is.
do you have a court date?
That really depends on the officer. If you want to try that, you have to ask the court for a trial date. The court will set it for trial, and if you show up, but the officer does not, the court has to dismiss the ticket because the state was unable to prove its case (the officer would likely be their only witness).
Without any evidence, the state can't meet its burden of proof and you win.
There isn't any specific language you need to use. Just ask for the court date and hope for the best.
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