Dog owners will now have a designated spot for their dogs outside of the Oakdale Discovery Center since the city council recently amended its ordinance.
According to city documents, several pet owners have been observed leaving their dogs tied to patio chairs at the entrance of the Oakdale Discovery Center when the owners have had to access the building. Other pet owners have brought their dogs inside the facility, which is not allowed.
A dog post idea was submitted to the city's Innovation Committee. The suggestion asked the Public Works Department to install a small hitching post for owners to temporarily tie their pets to while they entered the building. This required an amendment to the Animals and Fowl ordinance.
The amendment passed at the city council's Feb. 26 meeting. Pet owners can now use the post to tie their leashed animals to while they enter the building.
Section 4-6 of Chapter 4 now reads (amendment in bold):
No animal shall be off the premises of the owner, whether licenses or not, unless under control on a leash or other physical restraint held by some person able to hold the animal in control, with the exception that an animal may be affixed by leash to the designated post that is located outside of the Oakdale Discovery Center to allow persons to temporarily access the building during business hours. Any animal off the owner's premises and not so leashed or under other physical control shall be considered running at large. Animals that are allowed to roam onto private property not owned by the animal's owner, even if leashed, shall be considered to be at large.