Paws down

Mon­tague coun­cil re­jects plans for a dog park be­cause of price tag.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEVE SHARRATT sshar­ratt@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/ Guardian Steve

Mon­tague town coun­cil has turned paws down on ap­prov­ing the con­struc­tion of a dog park for east­ern P.E.I.’s largest town.

The re­quest came from a small group of dog own­ers who want to be able to run their dogs off the leash.

While coun­cil­lors wel­comed the idea, they weren't wag­ging any tails over the $12,000 price tag.

“I see the ben­e­fits and can understand why dog own­ers would like this, but twelve grand?” ques­tioned Coun. Deb­bie John­son. “I don’t know if we can jus­tify that kind of ex­pense.”

The dog own­ers say they have no safe place to ex­er­cise their dog or al­low an­i­mals to so­cial­ize within the town.

Many own­ers walk their dogs on the Con­fed­er­a­tion Trail which cuts through the town, but a leash is re­quired. Oth­ers walk dogs at the Three Rivers Roma site or Bru­denell Provin­cial Park.

Many own­ers would like some­thing sim­i­lar to the Up­ton Road or Strat­ford dog park and coun­cil­lors sug­gest a meet­ing with the dog own­ers to dis­cuss op­tions would be help­ful.

“We have too many items com­ing down the road that re­quire money,’’ said Coun. Jim Bag­nall. “I think there are other mat­ters that are more im­por­tant.”

There are 27 dogs reg­is­tered in the town, but chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Andy Daggett sug­gested there were likely many more with­out tags.

The town has a sec­tion of land near the Well­ness Cen­tre that could be used for a park, but the re­quired fenc­ing would cost about $12,000.

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