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Dog waste the chief concern as Alhambra City Council considers allowing dogs on leashes in parks

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Alhambra , CA United States

Alhambra’s City Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance to allow dogs on leashes in city parks.

If passed at the next City Council meeting, the ordinance would also make it unlawful for owners not to pick up dog waste and dispose of it. The City of Alhambra would purchase around 40 dog waste bag dispensers that would include trash cans, said Chris Paulson, Alhambra’s director of community services.

The ordinance would require dogs to be on leashes that are no longer than six feet. They wouldn’t be allowed in a lake, pool, enclosed ball field, tennis court, basketball court, gymnasium, playground or golf course.

One resident spoke in opposition to the ordinance, asking the City Council to table such a proposal until they did more outreach with residents who live by the parks. “I envision in the future a parking problem, with people now bringing their dogs to the parks,” said Lola Armendariz, who lives near Alhambra Park. “I’m questioning – are you going to have anyone monitoring the parks now that you’re allowing dogs?”

Armendariz also said that this ordinance would actually increase the amount of dog waste in parks, especially if the City is lax in enforcing the rules.

City council members countered that in conducting a survey last year, many residents asked them to allow dogs on leashes in the parks. They also argued that the purchasing of dog waste bag dispensers would make it easier for residents to clean up after their dogs.

“I think that is a good percentage of the unattended waste that we see,” said Councilmember Jeff Maloney. He added that City staff should strongly enforce this ordinance to discourage residents from taking advantage of the new rules.

Updated April 1, 2018 at 4:47 p.m.

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