- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—CARLSBAD — City Council will consider amending an ordinance tonight to make it clear exactly where city residents can walk their dogs.

The current ordinance states that dogs are not allowed in the beach-area park, but it is unclear whether the sidewalk adjacent to Riverside Drive is also off-limits to dog walkers.

There was confusion between police officers and dog-walkers as to just where the boundaries were drawn, and the city was starting to get complaints.

“We actually had two or three people call in with complaints,” said City Administrator Steve McCutcheon. “That’s how things work in government. That’s why we have the amendment process.”

The proposed amendments to the ordinance specify that dogs may be walked on the sidewalk adjacent to Riverside Drive from the railroad bridge to the Beach Parking Lot entrance. They can also be walked on the sidewalk on the west side of the Pecos River from the Upper Tansill Dam to the Lower Tansill Dam, and the sidewalk on the east side of the Pecos River at the Lower Tansill Dam to the main parking lot of the Riverwalk Recreation Center.

Dogs walked in this area would still have to be on-leash and under complete control of the owner, and they would still not be allowed on the sidewalk next to the river.

Other amendments to the same ordinance include a clarification that dogs are allowed off-leash inside the fenced area of the Carlsbad Dog Park, as long as the dog and owner follow the posted park rules.

McCutcheon said both changes just represent clarifications, so that officers are clear on what to enforce.

The Carlsbad City Council meeting will take place at 6 p.m. today in the City Council Chambers at the City Municipal Building.

A public hearing will be held before the council votes on the changes, and members of the public can speak either for or against the proposed amendments.

A copy of the proposed ordinance can be found at cityofcarlsbadnm.com.

Katie England can be reached at 575-628-5516.


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