Unleashed dogs cause complaints in Baxter Woods

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The city of Portland will be putting up more signs around Baxter Woods park to remind dog owners about responsible park use.

According to Environmental Programs and Open Space Manager Troy Moon, complaints about unleashed dogs have prompted the action.

New signs will remind owners to have dogs under voice control if they are unleashed. It will also remind people to clean up dog waste.

Moon said the city has received complaints about unleashed dogs scaring children and pushing people over.

He said the city's goal is to make the park a safe and comfortable space for all users. The city may organize a meeting about the issue in May.

Moon said he does not want the city to impose a rule about keeping dogs on leashes - but it is an option.

"If problems persist over the longer term and we aren't getting people to be more respectful, then we may have to make some changes and maybe move to a leash-only environment," said Moon.

CIty code states that unleashed dogs must be within 50 feet of owners, and return to owners when called.

Some dog owners say they go to Baxter Woods for the freedom of having dogs off of leashes, and may go elsewhere if policy changes.

"I would be very upset," said Andrzej Posbich. "I like having the sense of freedom for my doggies, and for me."


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