The service dogs of Halifax now have a place of their own to exercise in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
It was announced Thursday that HRM has opened an accessible off-leash for working dogs at the corner of Rainnie Drive and Cogswell Street, adjacent to Centennial Pool.
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An release said between 75 and 80 registered, professionally trained service dogs provide assistance to people with disabilities -- such as guide dogs for the blind and “hearing” dogs for the deaf.
This new facility will offer a fenced-in area where service dogs can be off-leash and remain close to their handlers.
“It’s important that hard-working service dogs get a chance to exercise and have some off-leash downtime like any other dog,” Helen McFadyen, chair of HRM’s advisory committee for persons with disabilities, said in a release.
“The creation of this small exercise facility will provide a safe place for me to take my guide dog without the worry of losing track of her.”