Leash law back on table in Clifton Park

Clifton Park residents will have an opportunity to speak about proposed amendments to the town code, which would require that all dogs be leashed on town property except in the Mary Jane Row Dog Park and Kinns Road Park, at a public hearing scheduled for Monday, Aug. 18, at 7:10 p.m. at the Clifton Park Town Hall.

The amendments to the town code would create a town-wide leash law punishable by a still undetermined amount of fine.

According to the proposed code, a dog must be accompanied by and under the immediate supervision and direct leash control of the owner or other responsible person. Dog leashes must be securely fastened to the dog and held by the owner or responsible person and may be no longer than 25 inches.

Councilman Scott Hughes said the amendments were proposed for stability.

"We were looking for balance and we think we may have achieved it with a town-wide leash law."

In May, the Town Council proposed creating a town-wide leash law that would require dogs to be on leash at all times on town-owned property, however the proposed regulations, which would allow for walking dogs off leash during restricted hours, was met with concern by residents who wanted the freedom to walk their dogs at any time.

Councilman Tom Paloucci said the town heard several compelling arguments both for and against walking dogs off leash during a public hearing held in May on the proposed code.

"This is something we've been talking about for quite awhile and I think what is being proposed is the next extension of how we think to best handle the situation," said Paloucci.

"For Kinns Road Park and Mary Jane Row Park there are some antes to get in the door," Paloucci said. "Residents have to understand what the rules are and register with the town."

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