Support Greenwich Dog Walking Companies & Owners! Lift the Dog Walker Ban from Town Park Land

Jessica Del Guercio
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On Thursday, June 15, 2017 The Town of Greenwich installed large signs at the trailhead of Mianus River Park stating –

Park Restricted
Greenwich Municipal Code
7-30-3 No Commercial Use of Parkland
and
7-31-10e Prohibits Advertising/Profit-Making Use of Parkland

Without any prior notification from the town, and on that same day, dog walkers who travel those trails with their client’s dogs on a daily basis – were cited and given tickets for walking dogs.

Although many companies “profit” from the use of Town of Greenwich Parks property (summer camps, personal trainers, babysitters, food vendors, etc.) the Town is using these municipal codes only to target and ban dog walking companies. Why should only dog walking companies be targeted, while other profiting businesses are not?

Professional dog walkers using the park were told these signs apply to all town parks in Greenwich, including Greenwich’s only dog park on Grass Island. Companies were advised that the signs, and enforcement of the codes, were in response to isolated complaints from local residents who do not like seeing the dog walkers and their groups of dogs in the park.

Read article written by the Greenwich Free Press, regarding July’s Town Parks and Recreation meeting discussion about the dog walker ban HERE.

We fear that the continued enforcement will:

  • Inconvenience hard working dog owners who rely heavily on dog walkers to exercise their dogs
  • Deny Greenwich residents use of parks by not allowing them to use parks through a proxy (dog walkers)
  • Force successful area dog walking companies to close and leave employed dog walkers out of a job
  • Force dog walkers to walk client dogs on dangerous, busy streets with no sidewalks
  • Limit the exercise and socialization necessary for a well behaved dog
  • Stigmatize Greenwich as an anti-dog town, harming its reputation and decreasing home values.

Our solution is for the Town of Greenwich to:

  • Require dog walking companies and individual dog walkers to register with the Town and buy an annual permit. ideally, a portion of the funds from the permit would be used towards the maintenance of the trails and revitalization of the Greenwich Dog Park
  • Require dog walkers to wear a badge or carry a permit when using parks;
  • Establish reasonable hours for use of parks by professional dog walkers;
  • Require dog walking companies to ensure all client dogs are vaccinated, licensed and tagged;
  • Require insurance for all dog walking companies

Our Request: We hope to have your support in requesting the Town of Greenwich lift the dog walker ban from town parks by offering an annual permit to dog walking companies while supporting the reality that the Town of Greenwich has a need for the services of these dog caregivers for the convenience of residents and health of our furry four-legged friends.

PAWS of Greenwich, is a non-profit organization and a collective of dog lovers, working to make Town of Greenwich a paw-some, pet-friendly community. Funds support Grass Island Dog Park revitalization efforts, local pet-friendly programs and initiatives, and various animal welfare causes in the community. www.pawsofgreenwich.com

  • Caroline GIBBS
    Caroline GIBBS United States, Oak Brook
    Sep 28, 2017
    Sep 28, 2017
    SERIOUSLY??
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 28, 2017
    Sep 28, 2017
    I see many flaming bags of dog poo on their doorsteps.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2017
    Sep 27, 2017
    I agree with all the recommended enforcements to allow dog walkers in our parks. In addition I would recommend specific trails, during specific times of the day, that dog owners are allowed to walk their dogs off leash. There are many easy solutions!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2017
    Sep 27, 2017
    This is appalling. Dog are a part of our families and dog walkers are as intigral as nannies. Just because a few residents don't care for dogs doesn't mean that they should be banned from the areas we pay to maintain. They are our families. A community who doesn't support their dogs doesn't support family. It's that simple.
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