Friday, January 16, 1998
The LA Times
In response to complaints from neighbors, an animal control officer will
be stationed at a city dog park on a trial basis.
The City Council voted Tuesday to implement a three-month program in
which the officer will supervise dogs and dog owners at Joslyn Park
during in the mornings and evenings, when use is highest.
Animal control officers will also randomly visit the city's other
off-leash areas to check that dogs have Santa Monica licenses and to
ensure that dogs owners are observing the hours of operation, said
Barbara Stinchfield, the city's director of community and cultural
The other city dog parks are Pacific Street Park and Memorial Park. All
are open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30
Stinchfield said the city decided to fine-tune its park policy after
Joslyn Park neighbors complained of dog noise and odor and of dog owners
bringing their pets to the park before and after hours.
The council also approved changes in design standards for dog parks and
said no more than two dogs could accompany an owner-handler to a park at
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