Off-leash dog park location still to be approved

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Gary Overs stands with Jack, a bouvier des flandres dog, at Gary Overs Kennelling and Obedience on Monday.

For Gary Overs of Gary Overs Kennelling and Obedience, one of the most important things in an off-leash dog park is space and following the rules.

“I think it’d be neat if everybody plays by the rules,” said Overs, citing an example of people cleaning up after their dogs. “We could use one.”

Details of choosing a location for an off-leash dog park were discussed during Monday’s executive committee meeting. The majority of executive voted in favour of Coun. Don Mitchell’s motion to table the decision of the dog park’s location and the proposed $2 surcharge on dog licenses to offset operational costs for six weeks.

According to a report from the parks and recreation department, the annual operating cost is estimated at $5,000. The budget for the park development is $70,000.

The city has a service agreement with the Moose Jaw Humane Society where all funds generated from dog licenses go to assist in funding animal control and animal keeper fees outlined in the Moose Jaw Humane Society Fee for Service agreement.

Under the agreement, all revenues collected under the dog bylaw over $48,000 will be paid directly to the humane society. The annual revenue over the past three years has been slightly below $48,000. Administration is negotiating a new agreement with the shelter. City manager Garry McKay said the shelter would make a presentation to council at its next regular meeting.

“I think it’s a worthwhile venture,” said Mitchell. “If we’re going to be meeting with the humane society, (we should) table this.”

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Humane Society, Moose Jaw Humane Society Fee, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Vince Magee
    December 16, 2012 - 21:31

    I think the park is a no brainer. Build it they will come.Also Gary has done alot for the community with top notch training for our beloved dogs.Take his input as a bonus to the idea. Build the dog park knowing it is needed.For Moose Jaw to move on with the bigger cities we need to just get it done already.No one cares if they pay the outrageous water bills, so a extra bit for a social environment to get some exercise and see some outdoor activity for those who need it more than dog would be a superb idea.