CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio--While more and more privileges are being taken away from dogs and their owners statewide -- from dogs no longer being allowed in public parks to cities restricting dog breed types -- Cleveland Heights has given a little more freedom back to dogs. And for that, Cleveland Heights deserves a big “paws up.”
Cleveland Heights City Council recently approved an agreement that will allow dog owners to bring their canine companions to Cain Park. Dogs have been banned from the park since 1973.
The success of a six-month pilot program introduced by the Cain Park Neighborhood Association's Dog Project Committee helped bring about the change. Last year, an online survey showed that 68 percent of respondents said they would support the pilot program lifting the ban on dogs in Cain Park.
While in the park, dogs must be leashed, kept on paved pathways, and cleaned up after. The dogs cannot be on a leash longer than 6 feet. Waste stations are available and doggie bags will be provided.
Each year, the agreement will be reviewed by city council.
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