There was a good showing at last night’s meeting, mostly dog owners but also some that were not dog and were advocating banning dogs from Emerson Field. I believe it was good to hear from people who had been adversely affected by dogs to maintain a balanced perspective.
The feedback centered mostly on the all-out ban in the cemeteries, the 3+ dogs must always be on leash and the current lack of enforcement with the laws that are already on the books. Many good suggestions were offered on how to rework the wording of the proposal so that those two sections would be less onerous, as well as suggestions on how to put together a citizen task force that might also be able to help with enforcement.
Unfortunately, the proposal for the new bylaw is already in the warrant at the printer and will be presented at town meeting this spring as is, which means we will need to affect changes at that town meeting prior to the proposal being put on the ballot for town wide. This means we will need to rally interested parties to stay involved and show up at the town meeting.
If we can affect a change to the proposal at town meeting to soften the cemetery ban and increase # of dogs to “more than 3” rather than 3 or more. I will be happy to support the new bylaw. Primarily because I do think the litter law is a good thing and they have changed the wording in the bylaw to make dog visits to the schools and municipal buildings allowable with permission.
Feel free to comment here, let me know what you think and/or how you would like to get involved! :-)