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Question Of The Day: Dog Run Fee

Would you pay to use a dog run?

In a recent Question Of The Day, one commenter described a dog run in Brookline, MA., that charges to use the park from dawn until 9 a.m. The money pays for a ranger who polices the program but also takes input from the dog community back to the local Parks Department. Learn more about the program here

Which leads to the question: would this kind of of program work in Port Washington? Tell us in the comments. 

jonathan winant June 19, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Nappy remember there was a time when people policed themselves and had the right to shoot you if you breached their property. Move into the future and get with the times. Some people just need authority to keep them in line so they do not do dangerous things which inflict injury to others.
David Miller June 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Christopher Morley Park has had a dog run for many years. There is no charge and there is nobody there on a hired basis to police the dogs. Yes, there have been some fights in the past but the owners get to the dogs fighting much as quickly as a paid attendant would and the owners would have much less risk getting injured by their own dog then a stranger. There is always the occasional owner that does not go along with rules but that is not the dog's fault. The poo is picked up by the owner of the dog and there are a few recepticles for the waste and if the owner does not pick up from their dog, the people there will handle the situation. There is also water available for the dogs. If poeple reading this are not aware of the dog park, they shoulkd visit it after reading this.
David Miller June 19, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Nappy sounds like a person who has an opinion about this subject and whether or not we agree with her does not give us the right to put her down. The irresponsible dog or pet owner will continue to do what they do without caring about the majority with or without supervision. T
nappy June 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM
i think charging a fee for a dog run in Port would set a bad and unnecessary precedent. As others have pointed out, dog owners have been able to function without an "expert" on hand to solve problems for quite some time in this and most other towns, including the great dog runs in the city. i'm not angry, just stating my opinion on the matter. I do however believe if such a fee were to be set, you can be sure it would be raised over the years, and that this idea would not absolve the town nor owners from any legal liabiilities should they be incurred as a result of fights among owners and their dogs, it would be more likely to actually increase the possibility of lawsuits. if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Let dogs, and their owners run free.
Sean Hassett June 21, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I am not currently a dog owner, but I have been in the past. I would love to see a dog run in Port. I do not support the idea of having someone to police or supervise it, though. I have been to many dog runs in the city many times and never saw any serious fights. I did see some natural snarling and establishment of the pecking order, but never anything serious. Neighbors, please stop getting personal, calling names and offering advice designed to provoke.

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