Dog leash laws for multi use trails in Novato, CA.

Dog leash laws for multi use trails in Novato, CA.

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Ellison Westling started this petition to City of Novato CA, Novato City Council

We love our dogs. To most of us, they're family. To some, they're a necessary therapy. To our community, they serve as law enforcement to help keep our community safe. They're here to stay. 

Sadly, some can be unpredictable. This doesn't make them bad or less worthy of our affection. This petition is attempting to address the number of off leash dogs who have chased, bitten or attacked people and other dogs. Many in our community use multi use trails for cycling, jogging, family outings, and dog walking. People such as children and the elderly want to use these trails without fear. Unfortunately there are an increasing number of off leash dogs who have accosted others and pets on our multi use trails that we all love. This is NOT an attempt to ban dogs from these trails!! This petition is to change the ordinance NMC 1.17 to amend the law and make leash laws mandatory and drop the voice command exception. Dogs can be unpredictable and voice commands don't always work.  A simple leash can remedy this issue. 

This is an issue of safety and not an attempt to shame, do harm or even politicize dogs and their owners. A leash can greatly reduce the number of attacks against people and other dogs.

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