Lift the Dog Ban on Mission Bay & Make Kate Sessions an Approved Leash Free Location

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Pacific Beach and Mission Bay residents request more off leash options for their dogs. We have amazing regional parks and would like to be able to enjoy them with our furry friends. Increased enforcement in the area has highlighted the overly restrictive nature of the current laws.

For example, the current rules on Mission Bay are as follows:  Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach, boardwalk or adjacent parks between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 through March 31 and Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach, boardwalk or adjacent parks between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31. In addition, the current dog-related rule at Kate Sessions are as follows: All dogs shall be maintained on a leash not to exceed 8 feet, including trails and canyons in all parks.

It feels as though the City of San Diego and the San Diego Humane Society have declared war on our dogs. There are many ways to address the issue, but we believe we have identified two changes that would address a large majority of concerns:

  • First, we request the ban on dogs during daylight hours on Mission Bay and the adjacent parks be lifted.
  • Next, we request that Kate Sessions be an approved off-leash dog location.

The reasons for our requests are as follows:

  • This ban on dogs during prime daylight hours on Mission Bay is outdated and unrepresentative of our community.
  • Mission Bay is a safe place to walk our dogs where they do not need to be next to traffic. It’s an open space where dogs can meet and interact with other dogs.
  • Dogs are no more of a hindrance on Mission Bay than bikes, scooters, surreys, and large groups.
  • We should be allowed to take dogs to a place within our neighborhoods.
  • Kate Sessions is a popular attraction for dog owners visiting San Diego.
  • Capehart Park is not a large enough location to meet the demand for dog parks in the area.
  • Residents should not be forced to drive to Fiesta Island for a dog park.
  • All dog owners should not be punished for a few bad actors.