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Leash Those Pups

Woburn Animal Control Officer Jay Donovan reminds dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes.

Although it's been especially hot this summer, and Animal Control Officer Jay Donovan remind dog owners that pooches are not allowed in the water at .

Donovan said Tuesday that the department has received several complaints this summer of dogs off leash, and also in the water, at Horn Pond.

"Dogs are not allowed in the water at Horn Pond, because it is a drinking water source," said Donovan. 

According to the city's ordinances, dogs must be leashed at all times. Donovan or any member of the Woburn Police Department can cite and fine a dog owner for not adhering to the leash law. Penalties range from $50 to $100 depending on the violation.  

After three violations of the leash law in one year, the city has the right to revoke the dog's licenses, according to the ordinance.  

Kate Minghella August 03, 2011 at 02:30 PM
wow after reading all these comments i have to agree with many points. how is a dog that gets bathed and groomed more dirty then the wild life that lives at the pond???? there is no posting on no dogs allowed in the water! and i honestly dont agree with not feeding the water fowls also. i grew up feeding them and i want my child to have that memory to. also i dont know anybody who drinks Woburn water! besides it used to be a public beach until it was ruled unsafe to swim in but now you want to drink it! come on people!!! who cares if the dogs want to cool off after a hot walk,you would to if you didnt know it was so dirty!
Pat August 03, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I would be happy if the dog owners would pick up the poop
Mary J. Sawyer August 03, 2011 at 05:00 PM
It would be great if Woburn had a dog park but I don't think the city cares about our 4 legged friends. You can't take your pet to watch a ballgame at any of the ball parks in the city and people complain when you take them to Horn Pond. If the city can build an outdoor skating rink at Leland Park, why can't we have a designated dog park?
Kevin Parlee August 03, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Bravo Jean... Real positive attitude!! (sarcasm) But anyways if anyone starts a move to a Dog Park in woburn leave a link here. I payed 50$-$100 for a Salem pooch pass. i think you just need shot records and they give you a tag.
Barbara August 03, 2011 at 10:10 PM
As a dog owner and a tax payer, I would like to throw my support behind the idea of a Dog Park here in Woburn. I was recently in South Florida and they had a wonderful Dog Park there that my dog LOVED. It had watering spots, exercise equipment and a place for dogs to swim. I will send a letter off to City Hall and the Times too. On another note regarding dogs. Maybe the Dog Officer might want to sit on Salem St and Beach St all along the fence of Woodbrook and give out tickets to ignorant dog owners that don't clean up after their dogs. It is disgusting along that whole stretch of sidewalk.
Jean August 04, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Well, I'm not surprised that all the dog owners who feel they don't have to pick up their pets and leash their dogs would disagree with me. Hey Kasey and Kevin, no chance you're related? It would be nice if you actually read articles on the pollution that pet waste creates especially in public drinking water supplies. Check out http://www.mass.gov/dcr/watersupply/watershed/documents/wachdogwaste.pdf For those too lazy to read the above here is a portion "...the sensitive, unfiltered drinking water supply for 2.2 million Massachusetts residents. Waste from dogs can enter directly into the reservoir or into the tributaries that then flow into the reservoir. Bacteria and other parasites, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, found in pet waste can survive for long periods when left on the ground. During a rain storm, these pollutants can be washed into the drinking water supply, compromising water quality that is regulated by state and federal laws." Kasey, you were just expressing your opinion and I was expressing my opinion. To state that you don't see anything wrong implies that you don't feel that you need to follow the rules, thus making you ignorant. Good luck with that dog park, I'm sure the neighbors living in those areas you all suggest would welcome all the traffic, noise and waste from these dogs.
Jean August 04, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Yeah, Chrissy, ignorant people like myself who want to protect the public water supply are so annoying. Like ya know.
Kevin Parlee August 04, 2011 at 02:10 AM
How long has Man/Woman been surviving with animals swimming in water? It's not like im designating my pup to take a dump in there, nor would she on her own. I put it in the bag/trash like the rest of normal people.
Kevin Parlee August 04, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Classic Jean response i love it.. keep it up
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Kasey Parlee August 04, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Here is a fact you probably didnt know: When Woburn gets alot of rain the sewer overflows into Horn Pond.. and that would be human waste! Maybe you should know your facts as well. Video attached http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWpvD_tZ39g. PS we are related thanks for noticing.. we dont hide our names ;)
Mary J. Sawyer August 04, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I,for one, would rather see the city make room for an open space dog park rather than another office park, apartment complex or new housing development....and the noise and traffic caused by a dog park, come on, get real? FYI, If you put more waste bag dispensers and trash barrels in the park, more people would use them. Just saying.... (I don't hide my name either)
Kasey Parlee August 04, 2011 at 01:42 PM
And on another note.. I was expressing my opinion in a nice way until you expressed yours and attacked me. Also if there is no signs how would I know dogs cant swim in the water? therefor there were no rules for me to follow or to break! So lets grow up a little... once again i'm not proven to be ignorant.
Kasey Parlee August 04, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Love it Mary!!!
Danny Doopersteen August 04, 2011 at 02:56 PM
A civil action; part two. Kasey Parlee infects woburns drinking water and causes mass infection. I've lived next to Horn ponf my whole life and have seen far worse go into that water. How about when A-Prime spilled a gas trucks load into a brook that feeds into the pond? Or all the geese turds floating around like baby ruth bars in the pool in caddyshack. Jean sounds like a germ freak that instantly sanitizes everything before she touches it
Alexandra Ray August 04, 2011 at 03:30 PM
My dog swims in the pond all the time, and there is no sign that says it is against any rule...I live close to the pond and the stream that flows into on rainy days is in fact filled with sewer overflow...I highly doubt that my frequently bathed lab is more of a pollution factor than the birds that poop in the water and the nasty water flowing into it...she doesn't bother anyone and if she did I would be a responsible pet owner and put her back on her leash!
Kristin Cerasuolo August 04, 2011 at 03:36 PM
I live in Boston right now and have been for the past four years and the off leash parks they have here are amazing! My maltipoo is so happy when I take her there and she can run around and play with the other dogs. I'm from Woburn and I'm moving back next weekend with my dog and we have two more dogs at home so a dog park in Woburn would be so great! My parents dog and my brothers dog never really get out so I would absolutely love to take the three of them to a dog park in Woburn to meet other dogs and just be able to run around off leash. An important thing for dogs is socializing with other dogs and an off leash park is a great way for them to do that and it's also a great way for pet owners to mingle and chat with other dog owners and neighbors. Kasey definitely let me know the status of the things with the mayor and trying to get a dog park, I would love to help!
Kevin Parlee August 04, 2011 at 04:14 PM
DOG PARK http://www.salem.com/Pages/SalemMA_Recreation/space The Salem Dog Park is located at Leslie's Retreat Park on the North River, off Rt. 114/North Street. A yearly "Pooch Pass" is required for dogs using the park. They may be purchased during office hours at the Park, Recreation & Community Services Dept., 5 Broad Street, for $25. All proceeds are dedicated to maintaining and improving the Dog Park. For the safety of park users, to purchase a Pooch Pass you must present your town/city dog license, documentation from your vet that your dog is current on rabies and distemper, and is spayed or neutered. The Dog Park was built by Salem Play Areas for Canine Exercise (SPACE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that continues to work to improve the park. Salemspacebod@gmail.com. I think this is an incredible format to follow on how to run the park. It is really nice to have an off leash place so a dog can be a real dog. I have also been to the lowell dog park. these places are just too far for a daily commute from woburn. http://www.lowellunleashed.org/
Jamie Gangi August 04, 2011 at 05:50 PM
It's quite apparent that Jean is not a pet owner..... or owns a multitude of cats. At any rate, any responsible pet owner cleans up after their animal and does not allow them to 'pollute the drinking water'. As previously stated, there are many other wild animals and ignorant humans at Horn Pond who are polluting it themselves, without a pet to blame. I'm not quite sure how a friendly discussion led to attacking people and calling them ignorant, but good luck with life. We'll meet you at the dog park.
Bill August 04, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Calling a person "ignorant" on an open forum about dog waste? Jean, I hope they ban you from walking near Horn Pond. I walk that pond with my kids, and I wouldn't want any of them contracting whatever disease that made you as "ignorant" as you sound. Banning dogs in the pond is a technicality. The reservoir is higher up than the pond itself, and on our planet, water does not flow up. But, the multitude of wild animals that bathe in the pond, drink from the pond, and defacate in the pond are too many for one to blame it on the dogs.
Mary W August 04, 2011 at 08:14 PM
I drink Woburn water, and yes, I use a Brita filter. I believe the goose droppings around the pond are more of a nuisance than anything. I was actually thinking of taking a dip in the pond later!
laura August 05, 2011 at 12:42 AM
A dog park is a great idea! There's open space here in West Woburn for one too. I'm sure there would be no shortage of people willing to help develop one! And yes...I do drink Woburn water...and walk my dogs at Horn Pond. I even let them wet their feet in the water!
dan August 05, 2011 at 06:13 AM
Woburn should increase the license fee for dogs. A $100.00 a year would be a reasonable license fee to start. The $ 100.00 fee could help support the dog park.
Athena August 05, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Paul has the right idea..... focus energies on positive solutions. You guys should set up a group and get together to start a Woburn Dog Park . Personally I walk Horn Pond all the time. I love dogs, I think they are cute and I really dont think they bark all that much. If the rules state dogs cannot swim, then Woburn needs to put up a sign because I have never seen anything posted either. Geese live outside.. Swans and birds do also. So what if they poop everywhere. Just walk around it. You are outside enjoying nature! Dont freak out about goose droppings!!!! Cant we all just get along? LOL
kerianne August 05, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Jean clearly has too many cats or ferrets...really think about it...there is no sign and that water is already filthy...ill take the fine and let my dog swim in the pond any day. My dog is cleaner then jean I'm sure...what dog can poop and swim ..I'm pretty sure humans can't even do that. Get a grip and snap into reality...
kerianne August 05, 2011 at 02:01 PM
I'm with the parlees!
Donny Carpenter August 05, 2011 at 10:44 PM
ahahah jean
Kim Parlee Laing August 05, 2011 at 10:45 PM
A dog park in Woburn would be great for dogs and their owners. Being able to socialize your dog while they get a chance to run and play is a win win. We pay the city every year to license our animals. i would pay a few extra bucks to have a great place to take my dog.
Shawn W August 08, 2011 at 05:12 PM
My dog swims there daily; and he will continue to swim there daily. He is very friendly, clean and obedient. It's funny that not person has said anything to me about it. He swims at the beach area where pedestrians don't walk. I also walk him off leash through the trails. Problems? Jean, if you see me walking my dog off leash, please remind me that it's against the law at that time.
John Cashell February 02, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Who knows the incredibly belligerent, foul-mouthed diminutive woman who wears a black hoody and has 3 pit bulls unleashed running all over the back trails of Horn Pond? Whoever she is, she should be in jail. Have to admit, her pit bulls are better bred and better trained than she is or ever will be.

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