NJ Town Mulls Dog Ban At Recreational Fields

MAHWAH, N.J. (WCBS 880) — On Monday, Mahwah’s town council will consider banning dogs from all recreation fields, and some dog owners are barking mad.

Initially, Mahwah considered prohibiting dogs in all town parks, but Council President John DePazzo scaled back to ban to include only recreation fields, reports WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.

The town has had some problems recently with dog owners taking their pets to the fields.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

“They keep their dogs off-leash, they let them defecate on playing fields, where the kids are playing,” DePazzo said.

Dog owner Joey Burkholzer agrees that responsible owners should keep their dogs off playing fields, but she also believes a ban goes too far.

Instead, she said she’d like to see “proper signage and receptacles. There’s some very self-contained receptacles.”

DePazzo said he is willing to listen to opponents at Monday night’s town council meeting.

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