Leash laws on agenda
Dog owners are sounding off on the controversial leash laws as the Summit County Council gets ready to discuss the issue at the next County Council meeting.
Susan Banfield, of Midway, takes her dog, Lilly, to Round Valley regularly to exercise her.
"I keep her on the leash to keep her from running away," she said. "She just doesn’t do well off-leash. She wants to keep going."
Banfield said she believes in the county’s leash laws.
"In Midway, if we don’t have our dogs on a leash, that’s it," she laughed. "Three-quarters of the people are good and pick up after their dogs, but not everyone. I know that there have been skiers this year who have had a big problem with dogs. I think it’s up to an individual to know their animal, and to obey the laws as well."
She suggested the county mark trails for people with dogs and mark other trails for people without dogs.
"Sometimes that has to be done. It’s done in other states. You go back east and there aren’t very many places you can take your dog," she said.
Stephanie Graham, a Summit Park resident, said she doesn’t believe there should be leash laws.
"I think as long as your dog is well-behaved, go ahead and let them do it," she said. "In Summit Park, we have tons of trails up there. All the dogs are off-leash, and everyone has at least one or two dogs."
Graham said she hasn’t yet encountered any problems, either with her dog or any others, she said.
"I think it’s fine if they are well-behaved," she said.
Graham has had her puppy since he was eight weeks old; he is now five months old.
"We’ve only had him a few months but so far so good, and we go on the trails every single day," she said. "Since he’s a puppy, any time he sees another dog, he wants to run to them, so I still have my leash available, just to train him."
Graham said that prior to moving to Summit County, there was a woman who opposed the dogs running off-leash.
"But she doesn’t live in the neighborhood anymore. I don’t know if she just got fed up with it," she said.
A Summit County Council meeting to discuss the county leash laws is scheduled Wednesday, April 17 at 1:35 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building, located at 1885 West Ute Boulevard.
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