Dog owners who want an off-leash area in their neighbourhood will have to form an association and negotiate terms with city officials under a new policy recommended by the city’s parks committee.
But critics said the policy fails because it doesn’t require all leash-free areas to be fenced.
Three dozen citizens addressed the committee on the new policy, and no consensus emerged between dog owners and those who want more protection from dogs.
The committee agreed to a suggestion that females in heat and unneutered adult male dogs should not be allowed in leash-free zones. It also recommended nearly doubling the number of dog bylaw enforcement officers.