Ulster County Hopes For Dog Park to Be Complete this Summer - Daily Hudson Valley News

Ulster County Hopes For Dog Park to Be Complete this Summer

Jul 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Articles

At the site of the future home of the Ulster County Dog Park located on the property that includes the Ulster County fairgrounds in New Paltz, County Executive Mike Hein unveiled a new law that will help curtail animal abuse and neglect in Ulster County.  The anti-tethering law places limits on the length of time a domestic animal may be tied outside and the manner in which they are tied.  The County Executive also used the opportunity to announce that the County, in addition to leasing property to the Town of New Paltz to host a dog park, will also have a fence built to jumpstart the project and make the dog park a reality by the end of summer.

“Animal abuse and neglect is unconscionable and must be addressed at the community level,” said County Executive Hein. “This law is a tremendous step forward for animal rights and signals that Ulster County is a true ‘pet safe’ county.  This law is not about inhibiting responsible pet owners; it is about providing law enforcement the necessary tools to address animal abuse and neglect.  Simply put, the goal of this legislation is to promote responsible pet ownership, and I want to thank Legislators Ken Wishnick and Hector Rodriguez for agreeing to sponsor this law in the County Legislature.”

“Dog Parks are a great place for people to socialize while enjoying watching their dogs play, said Ken Wishnick, Ulster County Legislator.  “By providing funding for fencing, County Executive Hein has today put the last jigsaw puzzle piece in place to make the Ulster County Dog Park a reality; and a big thank you to Marion DuBois and all others who have worked tirelessly to make this happen!”

“Almost 4 years ago, then Legislator Susan Zimet and I fought hard to designate a County Dog Park in New Paltz.  Today that dream comes closer to fruition.  County Executive Hein knows the value in community projects and his leadership on this issue is deeply appreciated,” said Ulster County Legislator Hector Rodriguez.  “I am also pleased to introduce a local law that addresses the practice of tethering dogs and protects them from neglect and abuse.  Companion animals are cared for by residents throughout Ulster County and I am pleased to be partnering with County Executive Hein on this important effort.”

“The Ulster County Dog Park is a wonderful partnership between the Town, the County and the community,” said Susan Zimet, Supervisor of the Town of New Paltz.  “The volunteers behind For Paws of Ulster County never lost their passion for creating this dog park. Between their hard work, the contributions of the Town of New Paltz and now, with the help of County Executive Hein, the dog park will finally be a reality. We will have many happy dogs romping around before summers end.  The dog park is a great amenity not only for New Paltz, but for all of Ulster County.”

“Tethering not only damages the well-being of the confined dog, but puts everyone in the community at greater risk for dog aggression and bites,” said Brian Shapiro New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States.  “Dogs are naturally social beings who thrive on interaction with people and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot, isolated from positive social experiences with people, can suffer immense psychological damage and this is not what Ulster County wants for its citizens. We applaud County Executive Hein’s leadership to make Ulster County a safer community by introducing this important piece of legislation.”

“The entire Board of Director of For Paws, Inc. has been working toward the goal of a county-wide dog park for more than four years,” said Christine DeBoer, Member of the Board of Directors of For Paws, Inc.  “We are proud to be a community partner with the Town of New Paltz and County Executive Hein who made this vision a reality.  Not only are we excited that there will now be a safe environment for dogs to interact with each other, but they will enjoy having a place of their own in the community.”

The County Executive also took the opportunity to remind everyone about the dangers of leaving pets in unattended vehicles during the summer.  Even on a comfortable 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can easily exceed 131 degrees Fahrenheit.


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