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Big Victories for Lakewood’s Dogs (and Their Owners)

City council proposes to permanently allow dogs at Lakewood and Kaufman parks; Rocky River decides not to file an appeal to judge's ruling.

 Every dog has its day.

 And, in Lakewood, that day could be coming soon.

Last year, the city decided to allow leashed dogs at and parks on a trial basis. And Monday, proposed making it a permanent measure.

The issue was referred to the council’s public safety committee for further discussion.

At-large councilman Brian Powers — who was — said the pilot program was a success “due to the hard work of citizen volunteers with support from the Public Works Department under Director (Joseph) Beno and the Police Department under Chief (Timothy) Malley.”

“The program was carried utilizing donations from private parties without burdening our city finances,” he said.

 Ward 2 councilman Tom Bullock, who sponsored the pilot program initiative last year, said it’s been a successful trial.

“So far so good,” he said.

Lakewood resident Harriet Petti said she enjoys walking her dogs, Rand and Juno, at Lakewood Park. She said she hopes the trial is made permanent.

“It’s really nice to be able to come down here and walk my dogs near the water,” she said. "It's a great atmosphere."

More good news for Lakewood dog lovers…           

The city of Rocky River decided not to file an appeal to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Friedland’s decision that the Lakewood Dog Park was not a nuisance to nearby Rocky River residents who complained about the noise from the park.

The date to appeal came and went last Thursday, and Rocky River did not file.

The lawsuit was filed in 2007 on behalf of Rocky River and four of its residents, upset by the noise at the park.

Friedland found that the dog park, opened in 2003, is not a nuisance and for an injunction to close the park. 

The lawsuit stemmed from complaints from four nearby residents about noise from dogs at the park barking. About 10 neighbors of the park — located at 1299 Metropark Drive — testified in the case.

 “I certainly feel relieved that we don’t have to spend any more time on this,” said Mayor Michael Summers. “We have a great dog park.”

Kelly G. March 08, 2011 at 09:01 PM
It is important to note that the dog park will now open at 8am on the weekdays.
Beth March 09, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Does Lakewood still ban pit bulls (unless grandfathered)? What a shame - an otherwise nice city with a stupid law.
Nate Kelly March 09, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Why is this law stupid? I would like to hear some hard evidence or scientific facts to back up your claim.
Beth March 13, 2011 at 12:08 AM
In addition to unfairly branding a breed as vicious, breed specific legislation is costly, and taxpayers are paying for it. http://network.bestfriends.org/11240/news.aspx

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