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It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

Dog Parks

Posted Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 1:35 PM
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  • Dogs in Spencer must be on a leash that does not exceed 6 feet - I think 50 feet might be too long. Sorry folks, it's the law.

    -- Posted by DaveMunson on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 8:21 AM
  • I've often seen hunters training young hunting dogs using a 50 ft line. Since so many dog owners let their dogs run loose at the CC Fairgrounds space (and I've witnessed this as well), the 50 ft line is a sensible compromise, allowing the dogs to frolic and have a good time, while still preventing them from running off or getting into other trouble.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 9:06 AM
  • Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by Cookster on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 10:41 AM
  • DaveMunson is correct. Per City Code:

    6-4-8: ANIMALS ON LEASH:

    No privately owned animal shall be allowed to run at large in any City park except by permission of the Park Board, and every such animal shall be deemed as running at large unless the owner carries such animal or leads it by a leash or chain not exceeding six feet (6') in length or keeps it confined in or attached to a vehicle, except for the training of dogs, and only then by permission from the Park Board. (Ord. 38, 12-7-1953)

    -- Posted by sammyjr on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 11:44 AM
  • the fair grounds isn't a city park. don't know how that affects your city code post.

    -- Posted by Steelerfan100 on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 12:41 PM
  • Hey, thanks for that information! I assumed that as long as the owner had control of the dog and the dog was on some sort of leash that would be appropriate. I will need to check into what areas are available in Spencer for this sort of training and activity.

    -- Posted by Foster Mom on Mon, Dec 24, 2012, at 8:43 PM
  • I wasn't aware of the limit on leash length either. I feel that is a rather unfortunate restriction. With all of the dogs that are allowed to run at large in city limits, I'd hate to think that time would be wasted ticketing those that are on a leash, just one that is past the limit.

    I know that in my neighborhood, there are dogs running through my yard all the time. It is disruptive to my own dogs as well as the others that are in homes or kept outside. I hope that any effort to properly "police" dogs in the City of Spencer focuses first on the dogs that are allowed to run off leash in residential neighborhoods. This poses a much higher risk of danger than a dog on a 50' lead.

    -- Posted by simonsays77 on Fri, Dec 28, 2012, at 8:55 AM
  • All these rules!! Gotta love a CAT! Hassle free, and loving animals. We were always dog folks until our last one died a few years back. Now we are getting older and the kids are kinda gone, we are loving the cats and the entertainment they provide is priceless. Not anti-dog but they are too loud and messy.

    -- Posted by SteveJennings on Thu, Jan 3, 2013, at 2:19 PM
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