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Bracebridge Council's Bark Worse Than Its Bite On Dog Issue

Posted: 2019-02-25 13:43:09 By: hbr

The town of Bracebridge may be tightening the leash when it comes to the rules that govern dogs in municipal parks.

Currently, dogs are allowed to be off-leash in all town parks but not on sidewalks.

During the last general committee meeting, Coun. Don Smith proposed that dogs be kept on a leash in all parks as well.

He said that it is the common practice in most municipalities, and Bracebridge does have an off-leash dog park for those who would like to bring their dogs there.

Coun. Archie Buie echoed his sentiments. He said he has seen dogs knock over children at the ballpark and he couldn’t support putting the welfare of dogs above the welfare of children.

On the other side of the argument Coun. Andrew Struthers said he was incredibly opposed to the new restrictions. He said many people walk their dogs off-leash on town trails and it’s part of what attracts people to the area.

Coun. Rick Maloney pointed out that the vast majority of dog complaints concern dogs wandering away from their property and are not for dogs bothering people in parks. He said the new rules were meant to address a problem that doesn't actually exist.

In the end, staff took the matter back for further study and input.