Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2014 1:43 PM
To: Nancy Kramer; Nancy Kramer
Subject: Revising Ordinance on Huntley Meadows
Ladies and Gentleman,
I understand that there is a proposal on the table to revise the Animal Control Ordinance that would exclude dogs on Huntley Meadow during athletic games and practices.
I would strongly object to this measure.
To date, we have achieved a good balance for the use of this outdoor, public space -- namely children's games, adult athletic events, exercising with our dogs, and just plain walking. A real model of share-and-share-alike. Revising this ordinance would severely cut back the availability of the field for a good portion of any given day for dog walkers.
I have been told that a child was bitten by a dog, but have heard no specific information on the specifics of this incidence other than the child was a toddler. Happily, Huntley has a very nice fenced-in play area with a gate that can be closed to keep dogs out. Perfect for toddlers.
Children should be safe and no one should allow his or her dog to bite anybody, but I often feel that the good old days of live-and-let-live in our little town are over. We have become pretty child-centric as it is (some of us are living full and productive lives without children), and Norwich is as manicured and regulated and citified as I, for one, care to see it.
People Parents and Dog Parents alike need to pay close attention to their charges, and Toddler Parents need to shut that gate to the play area.
I would really object to such a limitation being put on all the conscientious, courteous, well-behaved doggies and their people. Please do not go forward with this proposal.
Thank you for your considered attention.
Jane B. Ackerman