*Recent Supervisor John Leopold email sent out to the community:
Share Your Thoughts about Dogs on Leashes
On Monday, April 9,2012, at 3:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers (701 Ocean Street, 5th Floor), the Animal Shelter Board of Directors will discuss the new enforcement and recommendations for any policy changes. As always, the public will have an opportunity to comment on this issue. The Animal Shelter is a Joint Powers Authority made up of the County and all the cities within the county (except Capitola) and overseen by the Shelter Board of Directors. If the Animal Shelter Board suggests any changes, they will be forwarded to the County’s Parks and Recreation Commission for review and recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.
Local policy development is most successful when there is adequate time for people on all sides of an issue to present their ideas, concerns, and suggestions. This process will likely take a few months but will provide multiple opportunities for the community to weigh in on the issue. I have been impressed by the tenor of the discussion so far and the creative solutions that have been suggested. Community members have done good research on steps other communities have taken, and we have also heard about the impact that dogs have on individuals’ lives and their enjoyment of public spaces. Please share your thoughts with the Animal Shelter Board in April and I will keep you informed of additional meetings in the future.
Thank you Supervisor Leopold for letting our community know about important meetings!
*Please read our online pdf file of April 9th Board of Director’s Regular Agenda-Item 6.1 / Subject: Dogs Off-Leash on Santa Cruz County Beaches” pages 49-53 – A MUST READ-Start Now!