City council considering ban on pets in parks

Thursday, April 22, 2010

City council is considering a no-pet law banning animals such as dogs and cats from public parks.

During a city council meeting April 12, members of the city's parks and recreation board urged the council to restrict pets from some public parks in Mountain Home.

Earlier this year, the city council debated a proposal to enact a no-pet law in the city's parks. However, council put the initiative on hold to see if public outreach efforts would encourage pet owners to be more responsible in policing their animals.

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    Great now we are going to spend money herding cats, dont they know its dern near impossible to herd them. I can see how we will keep the dogs out, but how will the city keep the cats out??

    -- Posted by scoutin on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 8:38 AM
  • Typical, flockshoot the city because of a few. How does the Boise Parks and Rec keep all those parks clean and yet hundreds of people including me use them. Maybe they randomly enforce the leash law and cleanup law. Will a ban also include the walking path here? Hope not, we use that too. And we supply our own bags.

    -- Posted by goatbeard on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 11:31 AM
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    Herding cats! This is a funny propostition....and they will likely have to use dogs to herd the cats out, so that brings us back to square one.

    -- Posted by Rocklady on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 1:25 PM
  • You've got to be kidding. Isn't that what parks are for? Next they're going to ban kids. They do more damage to the Parks anyway.

    Heck,this town turns it's head to the 1000 or so rotting corpses dumped off Hot Creek Rd, but gets all crazy over some inconsiderate pet owners dog poop! Idiots

    -- Posted by B-MAN on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 3:50 PM
  • Dogs don't just poop in our parks. People walk their dogs all over town and in our neighborhoods. If you have to have a license for your dog in the city shouldn't it cover poop patrol and walking dog on leash? If you get caught with out a license for your dog then pay the fine

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 4:24 PM
  • Where are we going to put the squirrels? We need the dogs to herd the cats and need the cats to herd the squirrels and need the squirrels to herd the NUTS!

    -- Posted by jmill on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 5:28 PM
  • The few spoil it for the many. If people cleaned up after their dogs like they should and is required by law, this would not even be an issue. If you do not walk your pet with a poop should not be walking. People complain but it is these same people who have created the problem. It is the few that clean up and the many that do not. That is the problem. We did this to ourselves and only have ourselves to blame. Who wants to walk in the park and step in crap? Really!? It is gross. Put the COPS to work on poop patrol. Fine the bad apples (pun intended) and make some money. That will build the dog park in under 4 months.

    -- Posted by OpinionMissy on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 9:46 PM
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    We could use a dog park like the base has, it works great and you dont see the animals anywhere else but there now. And just think of the squirrel population explosion we will have... nuts everywhere... trees growing in the streets and such... then we will have to hire a city tree service. this could snowball in the worst of ways, oh the humanity.

    -- Posted by scoutin on Fri, Apr 23, 2010, at 9:56 AM
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    Hmmm, I cant wait to see how the City Council plans to pay the strict fines that will be enforced on them for not allowing a medical service animal or seeing eye dog in the park....or are they planning on banning disabled people from the parks too? And, yes, before you ask, there are seeing eye dogs for the blind AND there are medical service animals that are legally licensed just as a seeing eye dog, that assist the disabled as well. Oh what a tangled web we weave when we start banning use of parks and public areas.

    Before I close I will say this, it does not matter if you are blind, disabled or perfectly perfect in every way....PICK UP YOUR POOP!! Everyone has the right to use the parks and public areas, but no one has the right to destroy it.

    Follow this rule of thumb.....leave it cleaner than you found it.

    -- Posted by Ds_Seester on Sun, Apr 25, 2010, at 10:29 AM
  • I believe the article stated

    "a no-pet law banning animals such as dogs and cats from public parks."

    "no-pet"--Don't recall seeing anything about service dogs.

    -- Posted by MrMister on Sun, Apr 25, 2010, at 5:41 PM
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