NO ANIMALS IN COOPER CITY PARKS

This was passed unanimously by the commission. The signs are relatively new, at least in Ted Ferone Park. How do you feel about it? Is the law being observed? I see people with dogs walk right past the sign into the park, some of the dogs doing their business without it being disposed of. Is this a “paper law” not to be enforced? If so, what’s the point of having it?

Presumably the ordinance doesn’t include noanimalssquirrels, birds, lizards, burrowing owls and such, just dogs and maybe cats.

Here is the ordinance:
(g)   Animals and pets:
      (1)   a.   No animals or pets of any kind are permitted in city parks, except that dogs shall be permitted in areas specifically designated for dog use by the posting of a sign. Dogs shall not be allowed to run loose, but shall at all times be restrained or kept on a leash of not more than six (6) feet in length;*
         b.   This subsection shall not apply to the following:
            i.   Service animals, as defined in Section 413.08(1)(d), Florida Statutes, and as used in accordance with the provisions of Section 413.08, Florida Statutes;
            ii.   Horses or dogs used by a law enforcement officer or park watchman in the performance of their duties; and
            iii.   Animals or fowl kept by the department of recreation or under its direction.

Here is the definition of an ADA Certified service animal:
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
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