Dog Park A Waste Of Taxpayers' Money

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Editor:

I would like to remark about the idea of establishing a dog park as written in the Lifestyles article, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

First of all, I'd like you to know that I am a responsible pet owner. I have a dog and a house cat.

I feel a dog park is a waste of taxpayers' money. The town would not be able to afford to pay for a full-time custodian for the park to check that each dog entering the park is licensed and has had all its shots. The park could become unhealthy, as too many dog owners do not pick up after their dogs. I walk regularly in the area of Payson where I live. Whenever I walk, I see fresh dog droppings that pet owners have left along our streets. I always pick up after my dog. In fact, the plastic bags you use during possible wet weather make ideal picker-uppers.

It is each pet owners' responsibility to see that his or her dog is well cared for and given proper exercise. My dog is walked on a leash 12 to 18 miles each week. I don't feel it's up to the town to provide a special park for dogs.

The dog-mauling incident that happened on Main Street last weekend is a good example of what can happen when dogs run unleashed together, especially when they become aggressive. I certainly would be afraid to take my dog to a dog park.

Lou Haggins, Payson

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