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To Allow Leashed Dogs in Fond du Lac Parks

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We, the undersigned, hereby petition the Fond du Lac,WI City Council for ordinance amendments to allow leashed dogs in designated areas of City parks as follows:

  • All breeds of dogs are allowed in City-owned or operated parks at all times the parks are open to the public.
  • Dogs must be kept on leashes of no more than 6’ in length.
  • Dogs are to be allowed on all sidewalks, trails, and open greenspace or grassy areas with the park.
  • Dogs must wear owner identification tags, current rabies vaccination tags, and current City of Fond du Lac pet license tags.
  • Dogs must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Owners/handlers must immediately clean up any fecal waste from their dogs.
  • Owners/handlers must prevent their dogs from digging holes and from chasing or disturbing wildlife.
  • Service animals are allowed with their owners/handlers in all publicly accessible areas at all times the parks are open to the public.

We understand that certain limitations on dog access to City-owned parks is necessary or desirable for sanitary and/or safety-related reasons. We therefore accept the following restrictions:

  • Dogs are not allowed in Lakeside Park during special events (Walleye Weekend, Art on the Island, Fondue Fest, etc.)
  • Dogs are prohibited from the mulched, sanded, or rubberized surfaces of playground areas at all times.
  • Dogs are prohibited from solid-surface sports courts (basketball, tennis, etc.) at all times.
  • Dogs are prohibited from entering sports fields or tracks (soccer, baseball, football, etc.) during games or events at these facilities.
  • Dogs are prohibited from entering the Lakeside Park Lighthouse, gazebo, bandstand, pavilions, water fountain features, petting zoo, and children’s amusement park area at all times.
  • Dogs are prohibited from entering restrooms, concession stands, and other indoor park facilities at all times.
  • Except in designated dog-friendly picnic areas, dogs are prohibited from entering picnic shelters. Dogs are not allowed on any tables or benches within City parks.
  • Dangerous dogs, as defined in Fond du Lac Municipal Code §216-6, are prohibited from all City parks at all times.

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