Dogs allowed at parks

Dogs allowed at parks

After 3 hours of long heated talk, Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District board settled to wait on banning dogs at Shastice and City Park. Peter Van Susteren, a board member, suggested that a huge ‘No Dogs’ sign at the entry gate of the park might extenuate the problem of unleashed dogs ranging in the parks while carrying off the gray areas for law enforcement. This suggestion was met by vocal opposition from around twenty five community members who came at the meeting last week.

During public comment, fourteen people told that they use the parks of Mount Shasta on a regular basis with their dogs and they believe that the problems the place is now experiencing come from travelers who do not know the regulations and there are also people who might not care to keep their dogs on a leash. They have asked the district to allow leashed dogs in Mount Shasta parks.

After lengthy conversation, the subject was referred to the facilities committee of the districts for brand new suggestions on leash law enforcement. The committee that has the members of District - Yvonne Malee and Kim Solga as well as administrator Mike Rodriguez, will also inquire into shifting the dog park from Shastice to a well groomed and more obvious location at City Park.

The present park ordinance suggests that dogs should be kept on a leash which is fifteen feet or less than that in size in both the Shastice Park as well as City Park with the exception of the dog park that was made by volunteers around 4 years ago, but has not been well maintained since then.