EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene City Council was presented with an overview on how effective the temporary dog ban was.
People throughout Eugene are split on whether or not the temporary ordinance that banned dogs in downtown from April until October 31st was effective.
"I think the dog ban is ridiculous and unnecessary," said Tara Reader.
"A lot of people that live down here and work down here with their dogs are terrified about the homeless dogs,” said Alexandria Baldwin. “They're not muzzled, they're not really leashed, and they have ropes. I'm terrified to walk my dog near them."
Laura Hammond with the City of Eugene said officers recorded 70 contacts and issued 19 citations during the ban. She said overall there was a 26 percent decrease in animal related complaints in downtown this year compared to last.
KEZI spoke with Ivan Bullard who works at one of the barbershops downtown. He hopes the Council will reinstate the ban. Bullard said since the ban was lifted he has already noticed more animal waste on the streets.
"Well out front, everywhere on the sidewalks,” said Bullard. “It's not in planters, it's mostly on the sidewalks."
Hammond said a survey revealed one third of people thought the restriction made downtown more welcoming and safe. While another third thought it was not effective, with the remainder of people surveyed being undecided.
Hammond said the Council can reinstate or modify the ban after it goes through a full public process, which includes a public notice and public hearing.