Tomorrow night, the Common Council will vote on whether or not to amend Chapter 70 of the city code to delete item 70-4.1 (11), which reads: "It shall be unlawful for any owner of a dog in the City of Hudson to permit or allow such dog to . . . be present at any time in Riverfront Park." If it is to have any effect, the petition asking the Council to repeal the prohibition on dogs in the park must be delivered to the aldermen by midday tomorrow. Click here to sign it now.
The point of amending the law is to acknowledge that leashed dogs are now regularly walked in the park and this practice has not had a disastrous impact on either the park or other visitors to the park. Those who oppose amending Chapter 70 of the city code have argued, somewhat illogically, that there are many dog owners in Hudson who are obeying the law that prohibits dogs in the park but, if that prohibition were lifted, would feel free to bring their dogs to the park and to disobey Hudson's leash and pooper scooper laws and let their dogs run wild in the park and defecate wherever they pleased. Common sense suggests that nothing much would change except responsible dog owners would be able to walk with their dogs in riverfront park without running the risk of being reported and fined between $50 and $150.
If you have a dog, love a dog, know a dog and would like dogs and their people to be able to enjoy riverfront park together legally, please sign the petition now to ask the Common Council to repeal the prohibition.
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The picture accompanying this appeal shows William and Turner, who visited here from Michigan with my niece and her family, enjoying the park--illegally, as it turns out--in 2012.