Dog owners using Millennium Park getting the scoop on poop

January 12, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

When Shirley Sanders was out with her bearded shepherd, Riley, for a walk on Millennium Park trails this morning, she had a leash around his neck and a plastic bag in her pocket.

Signs that remind dog-walkers about leashes and scooping poop will be posted in two or three weeks.

Danville-Boyle County Parks and Recreation Director John Drake said he wanted to remind people about the rules. Dogs on trails must be on a leash. Owners are responsible for taking the dog waste with them. Those who want to let their dogs run and play fetch should call the recreation office at 238-1233.

Drake said the park welcomes dogs, but that dogs on the trails have to be leashed for safety reasons. He said he didn't want people to think they couldn't play fetch or let the dogs stretch their legs, but asked that owners talk to him first.

Liz Carter was letting her Labrador retriever, Premo, run through the dew-covered field. The ground here isn't as muddy as the farm he lives on, plus Premo doesn't have to compete with cows for run space, Carter said. The pair come out to enjoy the park about every three days.


Carter said she's never seen any of the bags the park provides for animal waste. As of now, Drake said, there is only one dispenser, near the soccer fields. When it gets closer to spring, then the staff will put up four more.

As luck would have it, the newspaper ran into Sallie Bright, outreach coordinator for Danville-Boyle County Humane Society, in the park. She was there with Christine Cunha and her newly adopted mixed-breed, Tess. Bright said that a leash will keep the pets and others safe, and is a part of responsible ownership.

"And that way you won't lose your pet," Bright said.

She said that people should pick up their dog's trash, just as they would pick up after themselves.

Sanders agreed.

"This park is for everybody, and children should be able to run around without worrying about dog waste," Sanders said.

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