I was wondering if this is grammatically correct sentence based on parallel structure?

After the families received complaints, their dogs were seized and they were fined 1,000 dollars.

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    It looks like maybe the dogs were fined.
    – GEdgar
    Commented Nov 21, 2021 at 1:21
  • The rules are (1) that the nearest plausible antecedent is seen as the antecedent and (2) the antecedent is not too far away. Only a wag might say the dogs might be fined here. Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 17:00
  • The sentence is correct and natural. The word "they" makes it clear that the families were fined. If it were the dogs who got fined, it would read, "... their dogs were seized and fined..."
    – gotube
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 22:01
  • After complaints were made about the families' dogs, the dogs were seized and the families were fined $1,000. That's better and avoids the issue of fining the dogs. Ha ha.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 1, 2022 at 14:23
  • Who received the complaints? Did "the family" receive the complaints, or did some authorities (presumably those that fined the families) receive the complaints?
    – BadZen
    Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 7:30

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Yes, it is fine. I don't see any real problems with this sentence. (Perhaps it is a bit vague about whether the familes were fined $1,000 each or in total, etc., but there aren't any major issues.)

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