Off-leash dog park voted down in Poway

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POWAY, Ca - The Poway City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night against allowing dogs to run off leash at Silverset Park for a 6-month trial.

About 100 concerned residents, including the Poway Girls Softball League and their parents, filled the chambers for the Poway City Council meeting . They voiced their strong opposition to sharing the softball field at the park with off-leash dogs.

During the proposed trial period, dogs would have been able to run in an enclosed softball field from 7-10 a.m., Monday through Friday. During the trial, an environmentalist would have been paid $29,000 by the city to gather data. Another $2,000 would have been spent on signs and gates.

Supporters argued there would be no issues so long as owners were responsible for their pets. Opponents argued it would create a hazardous environment for the children who used the park for softball practice and games, saying dog waste would be concentrated in a small confined space.

They also argued pointed out that there is a dedicated dog park about 2 miles away from Silverset Park, saying Poway did not need two dog parks.

 

2 comments

  • John Aiya

    People are getting way too out of control with this stupid dog worship trend. Why are so many people so lonely and miserable that they feed the need to drag their mutt with them everywhere they go? I especially can’t stand when they feel the need to bring them into a restaurant or store. LEAVE MUFFIN AT HOME!! THEY WILL BE OK!!

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