Should Waltham Tighten Its Dog Laws In Response to One Resident's Complaint?

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The Waltham News Tribune recently reported that Mayor Jeanette McCarthy has proposed modifying city rules to require residents to kepe their pets in their yard and fenced in at all times. 

The city’s Law Department is reviewing the request and will forward it to the City Council for future action.

Specifically, McCarthy asked the Ordinance and Rules Committee to consider expanding the definition of a vicious dog.

However, the story mentions that the mayor raised the issue because a single resident had approached her and councilors several times complaining of a dog repeatedly trespassing onto his property. No other complaints are mentioned.

With that, should the city propose such a rule based on the complaint of one person? Tell us in the comment box below.



Palos Gros May 23, 2011 at 04:38 PM
sure, dogs are out of control all over the city.
rebe May 23, 2011 at 05:22 PM
no, it's not the dogs that are out of control it is their owners maybe they should lock them up, does this mean we can't even take our dogs for walks too!!!!
Nelson aviles May 23, 2011 at 06:57 PM
Put the oweness on the owener.with higher fines that have real teeth.
Deb M May 23, 2011 at 07:40 PM
I do not see dogs out of controll all over waltham, maybe 20-30 years ago, not now. Most people i see take care of their pets and pick up after them, again its not the 80's anymore. So just because one person has a neighbor that can't or won't properly take care of their dog should not call for changes.
Wilma M May 23, 2011 at 08:31 PM
We shouldn't all have to confine our dogs because of a few bad dog owners. Hwever, I do feel that the city leash & "pooper scooper" ordinances have to be enforced much better than they are now. What good are the $25 & $50 dollar fines, if there never handed out. You will never make anyone accountable for what they do or don't do, if there is no consequence imposed. The city can start by appointing a temporary Dog Officer in place of Anne Campobasso until she comes back or retires. Bottom line, someone needs to enforce these ordinances, otherwise there's no point in having them!
andrea May 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM
the city of waltham should look into what other cities do and take the good advice and eliminate the bad or impossible. dog walking keeping dogs leashed would not be outlawed. maybe a nonprofit group should be formed, they can raise money and build a couple of dog parks.....small ones, nice fenced in areas............forest st near soccer fields- area at nipper maher park, an area near fitzgerald school? all worth at least looking into. we left waltham after 50+ yrs, (native waltham ) and are in tampa bay fla. we live in a golf community of 1500 home. of those 1500, approx 500 have dogs. we have a small dog park in the community and we all take care of it. we have a vested interest to keep our dogs safe and healthy. let mayor and city council set aside some land and form an exploratory committee.
Mary May 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Serious? One Bad Dog owner and Council wants to enact stricter regulations on all? How about getting the AC or Police to enforce ordinances on the books? Why isn't this irresponsible dog owner being held accountable for not properly restraining their animal? If the laws on the books can't be enforced -how are you going to enforce NEW Stricter Regulations? The root of the problem is irresponsible, unacknowledged & lazy owners -not the dog. Putting more restrictions on me -a Responsible owner already - Is NOT going to make the irresponsible owner more responsible! Why should my dog & myself be punished for the 'crimes' of others? Does that really make any sense at all?
Deb M May 24, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Unfortunately sometimes all it takes is a few bad pet owners, and next thing we all become labeled. I as a renter have had terrible times trying to find a landlord that will allow pets, dogs, cats anything. So tell me is this taking away my rights? I think yes. But way? I will tell you because the landlord most likely had some uncaring, unconcerned, uninterested, lazy pet owner who did not want to put in the time to take care of their animal and now we all have to pay. So how about we ask the mayor to set a new standard that will allow anyone who wants to have a pet to be able to do so and if they show signs of neglect then and only then can a landlord take away their right to have a pet.
Carol Chaisson May 24, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Blame The Owner not the Dogs. Keep them on leashes when out in public Pick up after them.
Jen P May 24, 2011 at 03:09 PM
I have seen rampant abuse of the existing laws, so I agree that we should put resources into enforcing them. I have called the animal control officer and unless I personally witnessed the errant dog and had proof (e.g. a pic and not just the feces), there was just a "discussion" with the owner. The owner's behavior did not change. Dog parks are out of the question. We just don't have enough land for the people to breathe and enjoy especially with small children putting everything they find in their mouths. We need the owners to experience consequences for unleashed dogs or unscooped poop. Until that happens, no ordinance changes will make a difference.
suecalish May 25, 2011 at 07:52 AM
Dog.Park.needed.I.am.an.animal.advocate,dog.owners.r.responsible.The.few.who.do.not.adhere.to.dog.laws.should.be.fined.Post.city.signs.4.public.on.dog.owners.req./barrels,waste.bags,too.It.takes.only.one.dog.owner.to.ruin.it.4.all.Would.like.to.get.involved.to.pursue.this.ongoing.problem,a.neighborhood.watch.group/members,training,Pet.advocate.speakers,ets.We.can.set.up.a.dog.forum,online.or.casual.meetings. Pets.r.wonderful,we.should.make.them.welcomed/happy.Tx.u.Sue.Calish/Longview.Place,Waltham,Ma.


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