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Off the leash: has gone to the dogs

November 6, 2017   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

 

The Town of New Tecumseth opened its first off leash dog park on Stewart Street, Beeton on Thursday, October 26.

Town Council approved a budget of $75,000 in 2017 to construct the off-leash dog park which has been under construction since August 2017 and is now open for use by dogs and dog owners.

The park, yet dedicated, includes black vinyl-coated chain link fencing and two enclosures, one within the other for smaller dogs, a double style gate system, to eliminate the chance of accidental escapes, and benches for people to sit and watch their dogs while at the park, and can be accessed from the path between Stewart Street East and Cedar Street in Beeton.

Park users are reminded to help to keep the park clean and safe for all users, by picking up after their pets. Complimentary doggie bags are provided on site.

“The off-leash dog park expands the range of available park services in New Tecumseth, providing a space for dogs to socialize and be active in a safe and controlled off-leash setting. We hope that everyone enjoys this newest usable space,” said New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne.

Council celebrated the park opening with announcements from Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture, Patrick D’Almada, and statements from The Mayor, and Deputy Mayor Donna Jebb. Councillors Richard Norcross (Ward 6 Beeton), and Shira Harrison McIntyre (Ward 7 Tottenham), and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, were also on hand.

Shane and Sonia Adams, owners of Paw-fect Pets ‘N’ Supplies, were there too, giving out doggie goodie bags to those who attended with their furry friends.

The purpose of the Beeton Off-Leash Dog Park is to encourage healthy, active living for New Tecumseth’s residents and offers an enclosed, safe area for dogs to play and socialize with each other and their human companions.

Dog owners are also reminded that every dog in New Tecumseth requires a licence, which can be purchased online at newtecumseth.docupet.com or, in person. Licenses can be purchased at the town Municipal Office, located at 10 Wellington Street East, Alliston or the Joint Operation Centre 6558 8th Line, Beeton, or through local veterinary clinics and pet suppliers:

The cost for dog licenses are: not spayed or neutered $30 first tag, $50 for late renewal;  not spayed or neutered (for seniors 65+) $15 / $50; spayed/neutered dog $20 / $40; spayed/neutered dog (for seniors 65+) $10 / $40.

Replacement tags can be purchased (with proof of original purchase) from Town of New Tecumseth or another municipality for $5.

For dogs who have been micro chipped there is a $5 discount.

In New Tecumseth, the Town’s Canine Control Officer picks up stray dogs and enforces all dog-related matters. To contact the Canine Control Officer call, 905-729-4972 or email animalcontrol@zing-net.ca

For questions regarding cats or injured wildlife, call the Alliston and District Humane Society at 705 458-9038.

Dog ownership has many benefits, but with ownership also comes responsibility. Please ensure you pick up after your dog. Remember to always ‘Poop ’n’ Scoop’.

If you have any questions or concerns about the off-leash dog park, e-mail parks@newtecumseth.ca.

         


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