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Raleigh city leaders to consider banning dogs from some park facilities

Posted January 14, 2014

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— Raleigh City Councilors are considering a change that could ban dogs from places such as city ball fields, playgrounds and tennis courts.

If approved, leashed dogs would still be allowed on greenways and other open spaces managed by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Councilor and dog owner Mary-Ann Baldwin said she has received a lot of feedback on the issue — particularly from people who live downtown — and asked that it be placed in the Public Works

Committee for continued discussion. She also asked that the committee look at the issue of dangerous dogs and how they relate to dog parks.

Councilor Wayne Maiorano agreed the issue needs further review.

"This seems to be a pretty significant restriction for what I don't know is an extreme or systemic problem,” he said.

The proposed changes stem from complaints about owners who let their dogs roam freely \and neglect to clean up after them. Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times when in public areas.

Read the entire story at Raleighpublicrecord.com.



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  • notexactly Jan 23, 9:20 a.m.


    Um no its called a irresponsible, lazy, ignorant pet owner!!! If you are walking in the woods or a cow pasture etc.. and step in poo, that is life. stepping in poo in a park where some pet owner didn't clean up the mess after their pet is not. That is another example of the responsible paying for the irresponsible mistakes.

  • matt_wood Jan 15, 9:39 a.m.

    For the people complaining about stepping in poo... that's called LIFE (not to mention you're the one who wasn't paying attention to where you were walking). I pick up after my dog, but when I step in poo, I shrug my shoulders, scuff my feet in the grass, and move on. As opposed to those who would rather ban dogs completely just so they don't have to deal with a less-than-pleasant aspect of living on a planet with other living beings. Get over yourself, aren't there more important things to focus on?

  • matt_wood Jan 15, 9:35 a.m.

    My dog is not dog friendly. She has a few "friends" but overall not dog friendly or kid... View More

    — Posted by LoriBelle

    It sounds like your dog was never properly socialized and is the very "accident waiting to... View More

    — Posted by Mr. Hans

    Just like humans, some dogs have behavioral issues regardless of upbringing. It sounds like this user is managing their dog's behavior exactly as they should, just like any responsible pet owner (or parent) should. How about you reserve judgmental comments for yourself?

  • nonPC Jan 15, 9:21 a.m.

    Just sad we live in a time where the answer to any question is ban this ban that...we take away peoples rights like they were candy from a baby...

    If you are going to ban dogs from city parks then I would like to chose which parks my taxes fund...I will only fund those that have dog facilities attached to them.

  • nonPC Jan 15, 9:08 a.m.

    There are already laws on the books that cover these complaints and they should just be... View More

    — Posted by terriersrfun

    Ummm...are you going to pay for the dog parks?

    — Posted by UpChuck

    I am paying for them with the taxes I pay. Just like I pay for the parks.

    — Posted by terriersrfun

    Exactly +1

  • IRISH281 Jan 15, 8:55 a.m.

    It would be nice if they could build a dog park bigger than .25 acre of land.

  • sinenomine Jan 15, 8:47 a.m.

    In warm weather I bike a lot using the city's greenways. It's surprising how many dog owners who apparently think they have greater legal rights than I do allow their pets to run without a leash.

    Dogs are fine in public areas if they are on leashes. If you want to let your dog run without a leash buy a house with a bigger yard but don't act as though you have a right to impose your animal on me without my consent.

  • disgusted2010 Jan 15, 8:14 a.m.

    We would be better off if we allowed the dogs and banned the city leaders.

  • Inside The Beltline Jan 14, 7:38 p.m.

    There is no reason a dog should be running around on tennis court, basketball court, or baseball field. These are for people. Too many lazy dog owners who want to use them for their dogs to run around in. These dog owners need to go to a dog park or buy a home with a bigger yard. These are totally irresponsible dog owners. Who is wrong to own 3 chocolate labs in live in a condo? Dogs don't deserve that. The owners need to be responsible.

  • Vote for Pedro Jan 14, 6:05 p.m.

    I would hope they WOULD ban unleashed dogs! I'm surprised they even ALLOW them! I had no idea... View More


    They are banned from being off a leash.
    From the article: Dogs are required to be on a leash at all times when in public areas.