A Park Meadows woman wants to bring a program to Park City that puts yellow ribbons on a dog's collar or its leash if the animal is known not to react well to people or other dogs.
Annie Elliott approached Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council on Thursday night with an overview of the program. The elected officials were not prepared to make decisions, but there appeared to be some support from them. The topic could be discussed at an upcoming meeting.
In an interview after her appearance at the City Council meeting, Elliott said a yellow ribbon would not indicate a dog is dangerous. Rather, she said, it would signal that it might not react well if approached by someone or another dog.
"It's not necessarily they're aggressive," she said, adding, "It just really signifies I don't really welcome interaction."
She said she would like posters put at trailheads, parks and veterinary offices explaining the program.
Elliott brought with her a publicity poster from a website called theyellowdogproject.com . The poster includes illustrations of dogs with yellow ribbons tied to their leashes. In several of the illustrations, the dog had suffered some sort of injury.
The poster says dogs might not want to be approached for reasons such as health issues, that they are being trained, they are undergoing rehabilitation or they are "scared or reactive around other dogs."
"If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow on the leash, this is a dog who needs some space. Please do not approach this dog with your dog. Please maintain distance or give this dog and his/her person time to move out of your way," the poster says.
More information is available on the website, theyellowdogproject.com .