Proposed changes to Concord’s Dog Bylaw could
mean more restrictions for dogs in public areas and would require owners to
pick up after their pets in all areas other than an owner’s property.
The changes, being proposed jointly by the Recreation Commission and Cemetery Committee, will go before annual Town Meeting this spring. But residents will have opportunities to review and discuss the proposed changes prior to the May meeting.
The proposed revised bylaw has been posted to the town website, with a separate sheet detailing changes. Additionally, an information session will be held at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Hunt’s Gym.
A few impacts from the proposed changes:
- The updated bylaw would require owners/keepers would be required to remove and properly dispose of dog waste. Currently, owners are not required to pick up after their dogs.
- Language around leashes and “owner’s control” is strengthened, including requiring dog-walkers with three or more dogs on public ways, trails or town property must have them all leashed.
- Dogs would not be allowed within any public children’s playground, nor would they be allowed on cemetery property unless attending an owner’s funeral.
- Dogs would be required to be on-leash at Emerson Field from late June through late August between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to summer camp activities there.