Saco discusses beach dog ban

Posted Aug. 07, 2012, at 5:28 p.m.

SACO, Maine — A proposal to ban dogs from Saco’s public beaches is getting so much attention that city councilors have scheduled a public hearing on the matter.

The council was scheduled to hold a first hearing on the ordinance Monday, but about 100 people showed up to the meeting.

Under the proposal, dogs would barred from town beaches between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., from June 15 to Sept. 15.

The measure was prosed after the Baywood Condominium Owner’s Association wrote a letter complaining about aggressive dogs and the amount of animal waste left behind. The letter said Saco has become a “mecca” for dog owners since many nearby communities already ban dogs from the beach.

Dog owners say most dogs are well-behaved.

The public hearing is Aug. 20.

 

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