No Dog Days In The Park This Year

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Editor:

Sad news from the “Paws In The Park” members, the group that brought the Town of Payson “The Payson Dog Park.”

After seven years of having Payson young families bring their children and their pet dogs to the dog park for the annual October “Dog Days in the Park” outing of fun and games and the chance to dress up their pets, show their skills, run races, eat hot dogs, drink soft drinks, play games, listen to the music of the old-timers band and generally having a great time, we will not have the event this year because of the Town of Payson.

First let me say that the Paws in the Park is not a money-making group. Any income they have comes from the $10 single, $15 family dues. And a once in a while “I” shirt sales event. Their main expense is to keep $2,000 in the Humane Society “kitty” to pay for emergency weekend treatment of injured or ill cats and dogs.

In the past, for the “Dog Day in the Park,” the Town of Payson let the PAWS use some of their equipment, like plastic fencing for different events. Everything else, like the large tent belongs to the PAWS, this is also true of all the chairs and some benches.

During the construction of the park, members and donations paid for the fence around the park except for the north fence which was there for the water plant. The Town gave little else except water and rarely used electricity and, of course, the land.

Suddenly, this year the Town decided to charge the PAWS $800 or more to have the “Dog Day in the Park” event. But listen to this: They also wanted to charge the Humane Society $10 an hour to use the small dog park to have dogs that they wanted to have adopted. That broke the camel’s back, there will not be an October Dog Day in the Park this year.

Dave Engleman

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