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Murrysville: Dog owners debate park leash laws

| Thursday, April 20, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Dog owners in Murrysville are pushing back against a possible tightening of municipal leash laws.

Dick Kearns, husband of council President Joan Kearns, presented a petition to council this week with 145 signatures asking that dogs be allowed to remain off-leash in Townsend Park.

Council in March began looking at its existing leash laws in response to resident complaints about dogs not being leashed outside he designated dog park area in Murrysville Community Park.

Resident Leslie Bacharach said dog owners who take their pets to Townsend Park are responsible.

“I've been going there for 15 years, and I've never heard of a dog bite,” she told council. “I don't think that all of the people at Townsend Park should be penalized because one person made a complaint.”

Dick Kearns agreed.

“Dogs are like children,” he said. “If you don't give them something to do with their energy, they'll find something to do with it.”

Council did not take action on the issue. Its next meeting will be 7 p.m. May 3 at the municipal building, 4100 Sardis Road.

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