The business district of Beaver Falls, Pa., is trying to keep its patrons on a short leash. The area near Pittsburgh is considering banning dogs.
Some pet owners have gotten in the habit of tying their dogs to parking meters, and business owners are afraid that the canines are scaring away potential customers. Not only that, but city officials are tired of the mess caused by the pooches.
“When I walk, I try to walk daily, I tell you I get disgusted because people aren’t cleaning up after their dogs, after animals,” said John Kirkland, a councilman in Beaver Falls. “They got to clean up.”
Others think that dogs should be allowed wherever the family goes, as long as the owner keeps a watch on their pet.
“Some people treat their dogs just like family members and you don’t want to do that to your family member,” said Andre Milliner, a Beaver Falls resident. “So, let’s just have a little law, don’t leave your dog unattended.”
It will be at least a year before the proposal proceeds further.