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home : the villager : the villager September 30, 2016

2/26/2013 8:25:00 AM
Pet pointers for Village residents

At our recent House and Grounds Committee, we discussed a situation that continues to come up. Having been a dog owner myself for my entire life, I know how important the relationship is between owner and pet. We all love having our pets with us and treat them just like one of the family.

However, there have been numerous occurrences at both the park and on the golf course where some owners have not been responsible for their dog.

Two serious issues involve not cleaning up after your dog and the lack of maintaining your dog on a leash. As is the normal case, a minority are failing to be responsible which impacts the majority who are. I would like to take a moment to discuss these two points.

Cleaning up after your dog: We have to remember that the park is for families and the VOCA community. There have been occurrences in the park where young children have stepping in the dog mess and it presents a serious health risk for our children. We are asking all dog owners to please pick up after their dogs. Dispensers with bags are located in the park. However, we are finding that some owners are taking multiple bags home so that the dispensers run out quickly. Please remember these bags are only for use at the park.

If you have your own personal bag dispenser on your leash, please use those first before taking ones from the dispenser. When picking up after your dog you notice more left from another dog, we ask that you be the good citizen and go the extra mile in picking it up too.

Dogs must be on a leash: Due to the large number of children who use the park and for safety reasons, dogs must remain on a leash. This is both a county ordinance as well as a park rule. Some dogs have used the sandbox and the children’s play area as their bathroom because they are not on a leash.

If you witness a dog owner who is not abiding by the leash law, we encourage you to contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department at 928-639-8100 (Yavapai County Switchboard in Camp Verde); ask for Sheriff’s Dispatch. They would appreciate it if you can give descriptions of the individual/dog and if available, a vehicle license number. It is recommended by the Sheriff’s Department that you not confront the dog owner but let the sheriff handle the matter. Offenders will be subject to citation.

The same two issues are also impacting the golf course. We allow owners and dogs to walk on the course before and after golf operations.

If this privilege is abused, this activity could be eliminated. Please follow the suggestions in the previous paragraphs for the golf course too.

So again, we are asking for your help. As a community we can easily solve this issue.

If you have any questions, please contact the VOCA Office at 928-284-1820.

If you would like to be involved with the House and Grounds or ANY of our other committees, please give us a call and we can give you more information on how you can impact your community.

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