#Local Government
Appleton City Council; Appleton Parks & Recreation Department; Appleton Parks & Recreation Committee
United States of America

Appleton, Wisconsin is an amazing place to live and play, it has become a tourist destination and aspires to be one of the top places to live and work in the U.S. One restriction that prevents Appleton from being #1 in Wisconsin is that we are banned from enjoying our favorite parks with our canine companions.

Appleton, WI Municipal Code §13-4 (e), Ordinance 121-07, §1: Animals, except on those portions of trails where signs indicate leashed animals are permitted or when written permission from the Director has been granted in conjunction with a special event or activity.

We believe it's time to repeal the antiquated law so that owners who pay local taxes and dog licensing fees would appreciate the freedom to enjoy the beauty of Appleton's parks with their leashed and licensed pets. People considering a move to Appleton often look at what amenities are available for their pets. Appleton does a great job of welcoming newcomers, and that should include the family dog.

From an economic standpoint, it's estimated that owners will spend nearly $60 Billion on their pets in 2014. This, along with the many pet-related businesses in Appleton and the Fox Cities, make it clear that pets have not only become a major part of our families - but a big part of our local economy as well. Tourists who are encouraged to visit our one-of-a-kind parks shouldn't be forced to decide between visiting those parks and leaving their dog in the hotel room, or staying in the hotel with their pet.

It is for these reasons and more, that we respectfully ask that the Appleton City Council amend the current ordinance to allow dogs in city parks and take a step toward being a more dog-friendly community. If the State and National Park Systems can handle having dogs in their parks, along with Wisconsin's other largest cities, we know Appleton can, too.

We, the undersigned who reside in Appleton, Wisconsin or in nearby communities, request that consideration be given to removing and/or modification of restrictions of dogs in Appleton, WI public parks.

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The Remove Restriction of Dogs in Appleton, WI Parks petition to Appleton City Council; Appleton Parks & Recreation Department; Appleton Parks & Recreation Committee was written by Ali Koestner and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.