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Raleigh to ban dogs from public playgrounds

Posted March 18, 2014

Raleigh City Council on Tuesday agreed to a recommendation that would ban dogs and other pets from playgrounds in the parks system.

Council members have not yet voted on the recommendation, so it is unclear when the ban would take effect.

Council also said it is considering other pet restrictions for the city’s parks and greenways and asked staff and advisory board to develop recommendations for new dog parks.

City leaders said the recommendation is the result of numerous complaints from residents over the past several years about dogs running at large and animal waste in public places.


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  • Kristin Deas Mar 19, 2014
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    The article states that the recommendation would ban dogs and other pets from playgrounds[i][/i] in the park system, not entire parks. I don't see a problem with this. There are plenty of trails and green areas to walk dogs in outside of the playground space.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 19, 2014

    Bacause of irresponsible dog owners who don't pick up after their dogs, I have no problem with this. Dogs belong in dog parks or on the owner's own land, not public areas where children play.
    And remember, "some" dog owners made this happen.

  • LetsBeFair Mar 19, 2014

    wonder how they plan on enforcing this one.

  • bonnrey Mar 19, 2014

    I understand not wanting dogs in a children's playground. I do enjoy taking my dogs for walks aound Lake Lynn and Shelly Lake. Ninety-nine percent of the folks have their animals on a leash, and I rarely see piles of poo (goose poo being the notable exception!) In my experience, most folks are responsible and courteous with their pets. I would sorely miss walking my dogs through the woodsy greenways! I agree the emphasis needs to be on enforcing leash laws and cleaning-up-after- your-animal laws, rather than putting further restrictions on pet owners.

  • Brian Jenkins Mar 19, 2014

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    Yes guns have their own Amendment. Dogs do not. Sorry.

  • Hippy_mom Mar 19, 2014

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    Dog waste is annoying, but I step in it more in my yard than on the greenway and in parks. I wish the laws that were on the books would be enforced first. This just seems to be adding to a long list of things that aren't enforced due to apathy and/or manpower.

  • Alice Toklas Mar 19, 2014
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    So, you can bring a concealed weapon with you to a Raleigh park, but not a dog because the pain and inconvenience of stepping in dog waste (apparently) far outweighs the pain and inconvenience of getting shot. Okey dokey. Cue 2nd amendment hysteria in 3, 2, 1...

  • Cabe Merritt Mar 19, 2014
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    Great idea!

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 19, 2014
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    Yet another law dictating common sense!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE TODAY???

    Have we, as a society, become so stupid that we have to continually legislate common sense??? Pet owners need to be responsible and shouldn't need a law to make them......shouldn't

  • southerntalent Mar 19, 2014

    there are a few beautiful parks in Fla that charge admission fees,that seems to keep the rif raff out with their uncontrolled pets.