Are Dogs With No Leash “Under Control” Of The Owner?
The residents of Wellesley are divided over the issue when it comes to the use of Perrin Park. Although it is one of the smallest multi-use recreational areas, pressure is being applied to restrict dogs to leashes as is required in the majority of other public parks.
Wellesley has traditionally been one of the most dog friendly areas in Boston reports the Boston Globe:
Unlike Natick, Needham, Newton, Framingham, and other nearby towns, Wellesley does not require that a dog in public spaces be on a leash at all times. Instead, Wellesley, like Weston, requires that the dog be “under the control” of its owner.
“Under control” has allowed not only the strict on-a-leash interpretation, but also as loose as under-voice-control. However, increasing reports of local residents being terrorised at the park by packs of dogs, and the park being fouled by dog waste that dog owners fail to remove, suggested the time to address the meaning of “under control.”
New laws now require dogs to be leashed at the park. Angry dog owners are protesting the change. And to their credit they are not wanting a free-for-all at Perrin, but are requesting either hours when the park can be open to unleashed dogs, or a specific area fenced off for dogs to free range.
Perrin is the ideal place to exercise a dog off-leash because it is well fenced and away from traffic, and has good visibility so dogs are always in sight of their owners.
Other rules introduced have limited the number of dogs anyone person can walk at a time (and still be “in control”). Two dogs are acceptable, and three dogs can be walked with an approved license. This was to directly target professional dog walking companies.
If your dog is an embarrassment in public it is time you did something about it. Not only are annoying people, but you are penalising many other responsible dog owners and their dogs. Get the help you need to train your dog correctly.