Dubuque To Keep Dogs Out of Parks

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - It appears the city of Dubuque is not ready to allow pets in its parks. The cat and dog park ban has been in place since 1969. On Monday, the council shot down a proposed ordinance change that would lift that ban.

Just about a year ago, Kate Lydon first realized her dog wasn't allowed in Dubuque parks. That's when she started a petition to change that.

Lydon said, "everyone who has a dog would love to enjoy the parks with their dog and their family. "

But many others disagreed. They want to keep dogs out.

Jim Kress said, "safety of children is what my big concern is. And what you step in is also a big concern. "

City leaders say almost 1200 people signed a petition to leave the ordinance the way it is. More than 1300 signed a different petition asking to let dogs in.

Council Member Kevin Lynch said, "the problem is it's the irresponsible dog owners out there who are going to make it bad for you. "

Lydon believes some council members voted with emotions, not facts.

"I'm allergic to a dog so they shouldn't be allowed in the parks. Really? Then they should ban cottonwood trees if that's what they are really worried about, " said Lydon.

Opponents say they understand for some people, dogs are like family. But.

"At the end of the day they're still and dog and dogs will be fine if left behind, " said Kress.

The city council did not pass Monday's first reading on an ordinance to lift the ban. Council members still do have the right to bring the issue up again for another vote on March 18th.
Last month, the council did agree to spend $90,000 to build a second dog park on the city's west side.

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