Raleigh council tables vote to restrict dogs in parks

ccampbell@newsobserver.comJanuary 8, 2014 

— The City Council on Tuesday tabled a vote to restrict where dogs are allowed in city parks.

The controversial proposal to keep dogs out of playgrounds, athletic fields and other sports facilities now goes to the council’s public works committee for more debate.

The new rules – which also would require a 6six-foot leash on greenway trails – were unanimously approved by the city’s appointed parks advisory board. The board also called for increasing fines for violators and stepping up enforcement with more animal control officers.

Several council members said they were hesitant about the new rules. They’ve received a series of emails from dog owners who say the restrictions would leave them with few places to take their pets.

“This probably would benefit from further consideration to make sure we’re not going too extreme on our rule change here,” Councilman Wayne Maiorano said.

The public works committee, which could take up the issue as early as next week, will also consider how to address dog attacks reported recently in the city’s dog parks.

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