- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The Dubuque City Council has voted to retain its ban on pets in most city parks, saying residents largely support the restriction.

City council members voted 5-2 Monday against an ordinance amendment that would have allowed licensed dogs and cats in all city parks except for three. Owners would have had to be responsible for keeping their pets on leashes and cleaning up after them.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/1CWpCS6 ) reports that data collected by members of the city’s Park and Recreation Advisory Commission shows that the city has received 203 comments in support of the amendment compared to 84 comments in opposition.

Council member David Resnick told the newspaper, “We know there’s a lot of responsible pet owners that want this to happen, but emails and calls to me, it’s two-to-one that people do not want this to happen.”

Karla Braig, a council member who supported the measure said that, “It makes it sound like if we allow dogs in our parks, they’re suddenly going to be inundated with these wild animals who are going to be ripping off our babies’ faces and pooping all over, (leaving) mounds of excrement.”

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee for Dubuque has proposed expanding pet-friendly zones.

This vote was held two years after the council voted down a similar recommendation on the same issue. Many of the members of the current council were a part of that council as well.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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