Good dog poop, bad dog poop. Good dog bite, bag dog bite.
It is time to yank the leash on the Juneau off-leash dog wackadoos. We live in dense urban and suburban areas and our recreational areas and public spaces are heavily used by users with a variety of interests, ages and abilities. Our public space, however, has collapsed into a single use - loose dogs everywhere, all the time.
Kick the loose pets out of our public space and return it to the people. It's a situation that has been abused for too long. We accomplish this by designating fenced off-leash dog areas and prohibiting off-leashed dogs from all shared public areas - streets, parks, and trails. It is simple and easy to codify and enforce.
Dogs and their owners are invited to our common public space with the dog on a leash and a scooper in the owner's hand. And, when it's time for an off-leash run you can choose your own property or choose to head for a designated fenced off-leash dog area. While this might seem inconvenient compared to the current situation, the inconvenience is one that is correctly shifted back to the dog owner from the community.
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