Petition Tag - leash

1. Beck's battle to get dogs properly leashed

On Sunday the 9th March my niece was savaged by a staffordshire bull-terrier who was not on a leash she was dragged round on the floor whilst the woman stood watching my niece spent 5 days in hospital and had to have surgery for her bites.

She was lucky not to lose her hand as the dog locked jaw on to her wrist. If the dog had been leashed it would have been prevented.

2. Dogs' Freedom off Leads in Tower Hamlets Parks

Please support this petition to ensure responsible dog owners will continue to be able to exercise their dogs/companions off lead in our parks in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The following Notice was 'slipped' into the Eastend Life newspaper 3 February 2014 - all representations need to be with LBTH by 6th March 2014 - we have a very short time to action this and make our voices heard!



The justification of this by LBTH is that 'we continue to have a problem with dog fouling in the borough despite the best efforts of the Clean and Green team to clear it up, and of the Animal Wardens and Theos to enforce anti-fouling laws and encourage more responsible dog ownership. There was at the same time an agreement by the Olympic Park boroughs to all enact similar orders affecting the Park, and we concluded that powers available to protect the Park would also benefit the rest of the borough. Therefore we decided to consult the public on these new orders which will extend our powers and hopefully help us achieve the sort of public realm improvements residents, Members and officers would like to see'

The public and relevant officials were NOT made aware of this proposal in advance.

This notice of Proposal is contry to the advice of leading animal welfare experts, RSPCA and PDSA, recommending that dogs have at least 60 minutes per day off lead - if this proposal goes ahead this is impossible LBTH.

Responsible dog owners in the borough recognise that the minority that are causing these dog fouling issues in our public parks will not be curbed by dogs being on leads. The fouling will still happen.

Rather than this proposal being passed the residents would like to see evidence of the current laws on dog fouling/dangerous dogs being policed and enforced, as this is not an active campaign in the area.

Your support for this petition is greatly appreciated.

3. Give Dog Owners a Fine if they don't put their dogs on a leash in Massachusetts

I am allergic to dogs, and have seen many in public parks where there are lots of signs telling dog owners kindly to have their dogs on leashes. However, I have seen many dogs NOT on leashes and this makes me very upset to see that the owners are not paying attention to the signs.

I have been on tons of chases where an eager dog (not on a leash) runs after me. Alot of owners when I tell them I am allergic to dogs they say their dogs are hypoallergenic, and they can be to some people, but not to me. I am allergic to all kinds of dogs, "hypoallergenic" or not. These dogs don't know better than to chase me, but their owners do.

The owners need to be more considerate to people who are allergic to dogs like me and keep their dogs on leashes.

4. Enact Leash Laws for dogs

Oak Grove, KY is a rapidly growing area and needs to adopt a leash law for the safety of the citizens and the animals. Animals roaming free are more likely to come into contact with known rabies carriers such as skunks and raccoons. They are also more likely to spread parasites and other diseases to animals and humans.

Each year, free roaming animals cause millions of dollars in insurance claims, property loss and damage, medical bills, and loss of productivity. Animal bite injuries, property damage, and car accidents are major problems caused by animals allowed to run at large. Free-roaming dogs are a danger to local wildlife, they are traffic hazards, they spread disease and breed (causing an overpopulation problem) and in addition, some people just do NOT want these pests in their yard.

Dog owners, we therefore ask that you please have some consideration and either keep your dog indoors or put your dog on a leash when you let it out. We the undersigned feel that while it is everyone's individual right to own a pet, not everyone wants to come into contact with everyone else's pet.

Therefore, we would like to see a LEASH LAW enacted for dogs. We would like to see some official legislation on this topic.

5. Residents Against Crestwood Reserve Dog Off-Leash Facility

The Hills Shire Council have voted to build a 5000m2 dog off leash enclosure in Crestwood Reserve, Baulkham Hills, against the wishes of the majority of local residents and park users.

Just some of the reasons why this is not appropriate are:

1. Fundamentally the wrong location:-
A reserve of Environmental Significance being an area of biodiversity, part of the Cumberland Woodland Plain currently classified endangered and under nomination to be upgraded to critically endangered. Part of the Parramatta River Catchments, home to endangered animals & Fauna species.

2. Park aesthetics and long term damage:-
Crestwood Reserve already has much of its natural environment removed for ever, through various sporting fields and specific interest facilities, this can never be replaced. Further allocation by council of the remaining natural reserve land will result in long term deterioration of the remaining limited natural environment and ecosystem. Once its gone, its gone and not there for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.

3. Dog Clubs Usage.
Council’s documentation clearly states interest by dog clubs and has stated the facility could be licensed to a dog club or association, and at these times unavailable for resident use. Indeed, these clubs consulted in the master plan details of this facility and stated the proposed area was not suitable due to too many trees. We suspect this means either removal of trees or use of sporting fields located within Crestwood reserve for dog club agility events.

4. Parking, Traffic Congestion, Increased Pollution.
Crestwood Reserve and the two schools that border Crestwood Reserve currently attracts a significant number of visitors on a continual basis 7 days a week. Adding another specific interest facility will significantly add to the problems residents already experience on a daily basis.

5. West Ward Councillors all voted NO.
All 3 West Ward Councillors: Liberal & Labour voted against this facility being located in Crestwood Reserve as did all the remaining 3 Labour Councillors. Why is it right that the remaining 6 Councillors including the Mayor can push this through against both the Residents and our Ward Councillors wishes? Council has failed to listen to the people.

6. Stand up and let council hear your voice.
If you agree with us and want to retain Crestwood Reserve remaining a natural environment

 please sign this petition, or collect a copy, and get your own signatures
 Sunday 24th, May at 4 pm; come to an info and planning rally at Crestwood reserve on the proposed dog-off Leash enclosure site (Opposite corner of Peel Rd and Warrina Ave.).
 attend a rally on council Tuesday May 26th 2009; starting at 6 pm when we will present this petition to council at the start of their meeting.

Thank you,
Crestwood Residents Group;
Against Crestwood Reserve Dog off-leash Enclosure Facility

6. Increase New York City's Pooper-Scooper Fine to $1000

What a waste: New York City's pooper-scooper fine hasn't gone up since the Carter administration.

The city's first ordinance that mandated picking up your dog's poop went into effect in 1978. “If you’ve ever stepped in dog doo, you know how important it is to enforce the canine waste law,” former mayor Ed Koch said.

The fine for violating the law has held unchanged at $50-100 ever since.

Fifty bucks may have gone a long way thirty years ago, but it's downright laughable now. Get caught, and what's the big deal -- you'd lose the equivalent of a half a night's drinking money. With the cost of inflation, a $50 fine back then should be about $160 in 2007 dollars. Other cities have long surpassed even that amount. Atlanta, for example, hits poop scofflaws with a $1,000 fine. Boulder, Colorado, charges $500. With the possibility of losing that kind of cash, wouldn't you think twice about looking the other way when your mutt pooped on the sidewalk?

Santa Monica, California, by the way, goes as far as to order dog walkers to have bags or scoopers in plain sight at all times!

NYC Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty is on the right track: He plans to mandate the city's maximum $100 fine beginning this fall, then lobby the state legislature to amend the law (Section 1310 of the New York State Public Health Code) to further increase the fine.

Good for Doherty. Unfortunately his plan doesn't go far enough. He eventually wants to see a $250 fine. But why stop there? A larger fine -- say, $1,000 -- would send a clear message that failing to clean up after your pet will no longer be condoned and will carry serious consequences.

The vast majority of New Yorkers are dutifully picking up after dogs. It's the responsible thing to do. But some aren't. And in a city of 8 million people, and millions of dogs, we owe it to ourselves to make sure our sidewalks are free of smelly and unsanitary waste.

So if you live in the state of New York, please take a moment to sign our petition; help us lobby the legislature to increase the fine to $1,000. Sign it, and then send a link to all your friends.

7. Sign the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Pet Promise!

This petition, originally published in August 2006, has been republished as of today's date: September 19, 2013.

We are petitioning America's pet owners to remind them of everything that is required to be a responsible dog owner.

The AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise, created to bring the spirit of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day to life and adapted from the AKC Canine Good Citizen Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge (, reminds us that raising a happy and healthy pet is more than just playtime and pampering.

For more information visit

8. Off-leash dog park for Concord, NC

Concord & Cabarrus County is growing with more apartments, condos, townhomes and housing developments with little or no yard. We have several parks to take our dogs but they must remain on leash at all times.

Cabarrus CARES, in association with Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation Department, is researching the feasibility of building an off-leash dog park. Help us Make It Happen! We are in the process of creating a proposal requesting permission to build a 2 acre, double gated, 6' high fenced area for our dogs to socialize and play. This would also be a way to meet fellow dog lovers like ourselves.

We have several parks in Concord/Cabarrus County and many of them are used by dogs and their owners daily. However, there are some people who do not want to share their space with dogs who are illegally off leash, or, for that matter, with owners who do not pick up after their dogs.

Though leashed dogs and their conscientious owners are welcome in most of Concord's parks, we need a place for dogs to socialize off leash. In order to accomplish this goal with the maximum possible benefits for dogs, as well as for individuals who appreciate meeting others like themselves, we need your help and support. Please sign below and feel free to contact us for more information.

We, the undersigned residents of Concord, NC & Cabarrus County, in order to form a more dog-friendly city, establish social interaction, insure cleaner sidewalks, promote the general welfare of dogs, and secure the blessings of our non-dog-loving neighbors, do declare our support for the creation of a dog park in our beautiful city.

9. Bailey's Crusade: dog park for Sarnia

The City of Sarnia has no off-leash area in which dog owners can allow their pets to run freely and become socialized with other animals.

Proper socialization of dogs will make for a safer community. Therefore, as dog owners in Sarnia, we have begun this petition to bring the need of a dog park to the attention of the City Council and Park and Recreation Department.

10. Coal Harbour Petition for Off Leash Dog Park

We are petitioning the City of Vancouver and the Parks Board for an off-leash park in Harbour Green Park (Coal Harbour). In the past three years, more than 15 residential towers have been constructed and occupied in this downtown core. Most of these buildings allow for dogs.

The official charter of the parks board was to have an off-leash area for every community within six blocks of their residence. The nearest one to Coal Harbour is more than seven plus blocks away and currently under review to revoke the off-leash privilege.

However, there has been no city planning or look into shared spaces for an official dog park in Coal Harbour with off leash areas.

We are petitioning for an all-year round, full time off-leash dog area in Harbour Green Park. We would like the area clearly marked as an "Off Leash Dog Park." We do not want the park near any children's park/play areas.

We would like the park area to be clearly signed and defined as a dog-friendly area. The space needs to be adequate to throw balls for the dogs, have a game of chase/tug.

The area currently has many garbage cans for waste and is central to all the new buildings that have been recently occupied. It is a fabulous dog area as it is not surrounded by streets/cars and traffic. It is located on the sea wall. For more than eight months out of the year, the park is empty - only used by die-hard dog owners who are out rain or shine.

Shared space and use of our parks is one of the most beautiful things about Vancouver. We appreciate that some people have fears of dogs (large or small) or worry about their children (or their toys) when dogs are around and by creating a separate and clearly marked space we can ally those concerns.

In many areas across the country, cities like Calgary and Toronto have defined processes and successful off-leash park areas for their dog population. Further, examples in California through to Philadelphia, PA demonstrate that when a group of concerned and responsible dog owners work for a leash free area, additional benefits result for both community and dog owners:
-increased adherence to dog licensing
-increased improvement in picking up after dogs
-increased sense of community, where people meet their neighbours
-happy dogs who have 'free' time to run and play

"...The daily dog walk gives people a chance to exercise, to be out in nature, to meet with others and to create a community. Dog walkers find friends at off-leash parks; they also monitor each other and spread the word about courtesy, clean-up and control. A strong argument in favour of creating off-leash spaces is that availability of legal off-leash areas cuts down on illegal off-leash use, making dog-averse people more comfortable in public spaces because there is less chance of encountering off-leash dogs in unauthorized places."

General Rules We Propose for the Off-Leash Space:
-Dog feces must be cleaned up
-Dogs must be leashed to and from the off-leash area
-Dogs need to be under voice or hand-signal control
-Dogs showing signs of aggression must be leashed or, removed from the park
-People should carry a leash at all times
-Dogs must be licensed
-Dogs should not interfere with wildlife
-Holes dug by dogs must be filled
-Barking must be monitored and kept to a minimum
-Female dogs in heat are prohibited
-Young children must be closely supervised and accompanied by an adult
-Owners will assume responsibility for their dogs and their actions.

This petition is not only for a dog park but also a commitment of the dog owners to create a clean, safe and fun environment within the determined space.

Please help us create a dedicated space that allows our dogs to have a place to run and enjoy their beautiful city.

If you would like to be more directly involved in our efforts, you can email We can update you on our next steps and see how you may be able to help out!