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Dog parks may stray from one-size-fits-all rules

By Lauren Maxwell 7:16 PM August 13, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Whether certain types of dogs should have their own hours at the city’s fenced dog parks is an issue owners will be asked to address at a public hearing on Thursday evening.

But the issue is bigger than small dogs versus large dogs, says Kayla Epstein from the Anchorage Animal Control Advisory Board. She says other groups may request their own time as well.

“We have heard that the service dog community would like some time,” Epstein said. “We would like to hear from them to find out what exactly they need.”

The city currently has two fenced dog parks, one at Arctic Benson Park and the other at Valley of the Moon Park. The park on Arctic Boulevard already has time set aside for little dogs, something Epstein says appears to be working well. But she wants to hear what people think of the arrangement, especially regarding what rules they would like put in place at Valley of the Moon Park.

The hearing takes place Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility building on Arctic Boulevard.

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