Eugene considers new downtown dog restrictions

The new proposal is less restrictive than the previous dog ban.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 7:35 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2018 5:44 PM

UPDATE

The Eugene City Council is moving forward with the ordinance and will soon be planning a public hearing regarding the restrictions.

Councilors mentioned different resources that people can use to get their dogs licensed for free, like Pro Bone-O.

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene City Council is looking at a new restriction for dogs downtown.

The proposed downtown safety ordinance is less restrictive than the previous dog ban that expired last year. That ban only allowed service animals and dogs whose owners lived or worked downtown.

The new proposal would require every dog owner who takes their pet downtown to have a valid dog license on its collar or harness, as well as a license that certifies the dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

Some people like that the proposal allows visitors to have dogs downtown, but they also have concerns.

“I don't know how they're going to enforce that because there's a lot of road dogs down here and people who kind of hang out in the outer fringe and have their pets with them,” said Mary King who lives in Eugene. “I mean, they're their pets so they should be allowed to be down here, but of course that means it being licensed.”

Eugene already has a licensing requirement for all dogs.

The city council is discussing the proposal at a work session on Wednesday.

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