Dog Park Petition for Brickell/Downtown Miami
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My name is Ily Sabugo, and I would like to start a petition in order to attain a dog park within the Brickell/Downtown Miami area. Being a Brickell resident for over 7 years and recently rescuing a pup "Rokko" from the Miami Humane Society, I feel that all residents of Brickell/Downtown have had this thought in their head as we have no local park to take our beloved dogs. We have areas where most dogs owners get together and let our dogs loose but not a designated area is assigned to these incredible dogs. Most dogs that live in this area are dogs that are very well taken care of but yet don't have their own spot to run free as living in our developing city restricts them from doing so due to being tied up in a condo/apartment for most of the day.
In finding the spot to designate to these incredible dogs, I thought that Bayfront Park (Downtown Miami) with be an incredible spot given that there is over 32 acre urban park.
Please help me by signing this petition to make it a better place for our dogs/companions that provide us with so much love, affection and time.
Information below was taken from http://images.akc.org/pdf/GLEG01.pdf
Why a Dog Park?
With Brickell/Downtown becoming more and more crowded and leash laws becoming more restrictive, many concerned dog owners are looking to the creation of dog parks as a solution to their need for a place to spend quality time with their pets. But just what is a “dog park,” and what benefits can one bring to your city or
A dog park is a public park, typically fenced, where people and their dogs
can play together. As the names imply, these places offer dogs off-leash play areas where their owners can enjoy a park-like setting and the chance to socialize with other canines and their owners. Dog parks, which are sometimes managed by park users in conjunction with city or town officials, are being established all over the country and offer a wealth of benefits to dogs, dog owners and the community as a whole.
More than just “room to roam,” the creation
of a dog park . . .
Allows dogs to exercise and socialize safely. Puppies and adult dogs need room to run, and enclosed play areas permit them to do so while preventing them from endangering themselves and others (for example, by running into the path of an oncoming vehicle). In addition, dogs who are accustomed to playing with animals and people other than their owners are more likely to be well socialized and react well toward strangers.
Promotes responsible dog ownership. Dog parks prevent off-leash animals from infringing on the rights of other community residents and park users such as joggers, small children, and those who may be fearful of dogs. Parks also make it easier for a city to enforce its leash laws, as resident dog owners with park access have no reason to allow their canine companions off-leash when outside of the park.
Provides an outlet for dog owners to socialize. Dog parks are a great place for owners to meet other people with common interests. The love people share for their dogs reaches beyond economic and social barriers and helps foster a sense of community. Park users also benefit from the opportunity to ask questions of other owners and find solutions to problems they might be having with their pet.
Makes for a better community by promoting public health and safety. Well-exercised dogs are better neighbors who are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively, and destroy property. Their presence in the park, along with their owners, also may help deter crime.
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