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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Let my puppies go

NEWTON

Ahh, the great arguments of our time. Same sex marriage. Immigration. To leash or not to leash.

At least one is getting closer to resolution, apparently, because the Off Leash Dog Park Task Force has developed a draft ordinance governing where and when dogs can run free, according to chairwoman Susan Albright, alderman at large from Ward 2.

A key provision of the draft law would leave the ultimate authority over dog parks in the hands of city departments and commissions, shifting responsibility for the contentious issue away from the board of aldermen.

For example, the control over whether and when dogs can run free in city parks and athletic fields overseen by Parks and Recreation Commission would be in the hands of commission members, Albright said. The task force has been meeting with representatives from the Parks and Conservation commissions for their input, she said.

Albright said a future meeting will include input fro dog owners. The draft ordinance will likely be presented to the full board of aldermen some time in January.

-- Connie Paige

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