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6/21/2012 1:07:00 PM
Letter: Would you want dog park right next to your home?


Unless people who start out letters with their opinions on my complaint of having a dog park 75 feet from my home can start out with “I would love to have a dog park 75 feet from my home, because I need to wake up at 5:30 everyday and smell dog feces and hear dogs barking, people talking. Please, please put it next to my home all year.”

If you cannot do this then “stick it in your ear.”

Jeanie Allen


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: Animal Lover

Clearly, the hundreds of people who live here and own pets and who visit our tourist area with pets have the right to have a dog park for our dogs to play in/get exercise and use the bathroom. The needs of the hundreds outweigh the needs of the one. There are many pet owners who do not have yards and visiting people in RV's definitely do not have yards to use for their pets.

Although I do feel badly for Jeannie Allen for having to tolerate noise at hours she may not want to (she might like to sleep past 6am or before 8pm), it is my understanding that all of the neighbors were asked BEFORE the dog park was built and SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO OBJECTED PRIOR to the dog park being approved and built. IN OUR COUNTRY, THE MAJORITY RULES.

I am also aware that sometimes the dogs that are barking are in her own neighborhood. I have witnessed that when I have been present at the dog park. I have had to live for 6 years with barking dogs day and night from 2 different neighbors & I have grown used to it & it no longer bothers me. I do use fans and such (white noise) to block out unwanted noises during sleep to help, but whatever works !

I visit the dog park 2 times per day and have for almost 2 years because I rescued a Golden Retriever after his owner passed away. I do not have a yard for him, so the dog park is a necessity & the soft grass is important for a dog who likes to retrieve.

We do clean up the dog poop, so I am not sure if the complaint about the smell is a valid one. Ocassionally, I see one or two piles in the park that someone missed, but I highly doubt that a couple of piles of poop create a horrific smell as is being claimed.

I just wanted another point of view expressed. Thank you.

Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012
Article comment by: verde voter

After months of reading about this, I have a question. Was there a public hearing? Next. The folks on east mingus use to live in a quiet area and now a major road runs through it. Besides the noise, smell, smog and danger to wildlife, it is a race track for some. Now I would not like to live next to a dog park either and I do not want to live next to a neighbor trying to cram 10 cats, 3 dogs, chickens, pigs, goats, horses.......all on an acre or less. The smell the noise everyday.

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

This is what happens when the various interests and desires of citizens come into conflict.

Clearly, Jeanie Allen has a right to privacy. She has the legal right to enjoy her privacy in the context of her property.

It seems to me that the VI could have interviewed Mrs. Allen and presented a story to its readership that gives us some perspective on what life is for her now since the dog park has become her new "neighbor".

I wonder what anyone of us would do if instead of a dog park [sponsored by the City of Cottonwood] had a human neighbor that engaged in behavior that disrupted the quiet and privacy of our lives.

We most certainly would call the police, and demand that all of the noise ordinance within the city be enforced.

I try to imagine awakening each and every morning to the sound of barking dogs at 5:30 am, smelling the odor of dog feces, and listening to the incessant barking of dogs comingled with people "enjoying" the dog park.

All of this should have been taken into consideration BEFORE the dog park was ever placed at River Front Park.

Clearly, owing to this being a "pet" project of one of the City Council people that was not done. All that mattered was the interests of the dog owners and Jeanie Allen was of little or no conequence in the decision making process.

I think various individual council members could visit Jeanie and discover for themselves the reality she lives with each and every day of her life with her new "neighbors".

Why this is not being done is obvious. They do not want to know. If they keep themselves removed from the reality they can pretend that Jeanie Allen is the "problem". They can tell themselves SHE is being "unreasonable".

What do you think would happen if this dog park was located adjacent to the property of one of the City Council members, the City Manager, or one of the the city CEO's in Cottonwood?

How long do YOU think it would be before the dog park would be removed?

The woman has lived with this situation for far too long now and something should be done to ameliorate the situation for her.

Jeanie has lived on her property for 50+ years in relative peace and quiet and she deserves to spend the rest of her life there in peace and quiet.

Either create a sound barrier that prevents the noise from invading her privacy or move the dog park.

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012
Article comment by: Maggie Holt

Good for you, Jeanie Allen! In a previous comment I mentioned signs I had seen at dog parks in various locations around the country advising that nuisance dogs would not be tolerated.

Let me just say that the dog parks also had bags available on stands for owners and signs telling them that picking up after their dogs was also a requirement for using the park.

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