Dog group seeks volunteers

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— A new city group dedicated to creating more recreational opportunities for dogs is looking for volunteers and donations.
Known as RDOGS -- Responsible Dog Ownership Group of Steamboat -- the group formed after a meeting the city held to talk about leash-law enforcement and other dog-related issues.
The group is looking at the feasibility of creating off-leash areas and dog parks. The group will develop a recommendation and take that recommendation through the public process.
City Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Director Chris Wilson said the group is looking for more volunteers to work on creating off-leash areas and dog park options. Donations are being sought for education, advertising, signage and fencing.
In April, the city's Parks and Recreation Department sponsored a meeting on the city's leash laws, the environmental effects of dogs and how dog owners interact with other public-land users. The meeting was prompted by increased enforcement of the leash law on Spring Creek Trail and the public input that followed.
More than 50 people attended the meeting, and about 20 signed up to be part of the task force group, Wilson said. Since that meeting, the members have created a mission statement and gathered information on what other communities have done to provide more recreational opportunities for dogs.
The group wants to educate residents and visitors about responsible dog ownership. The group is encouraging other public user groups to participate in the process, so they can recognize the need for city policies that help the entire community.
Wilson said another public meeting is expected in the next month where RDOGS will give an update on its work.
For more information on the group, contact Sarah at 879-4939 or sbkbxcr@springsips.com.

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