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Dog days in Lake Placid with new laws

June 30, 2016
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Locals love to walk their dogs around Mirror Lake, and visitors love to vacation with their dogs. With more dogs enjoying the great outdoors this summer, the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees recently addressed some dog-related concerns.

Trustees adopted a local law amending the village's dog-control regulations to address leash laws, disruptive barking, retrieval and disposal of poop, jumping and chasing people and vehicles, and banning them from parks, such as No. 1 Main Street Park, Mid's Park, the municipal beach and the playground at Peacock Park.

The fines are from $25 to $250, plus up to 15 days in jail per incident, and are subject to a $75 fee if a dog is seized and impounded. This all seems acceptable, but like all laws, it takes time and manpower to oversee.

An even bigger problem that needs to be addressed is owners locking their pets in their vehicles on hot days with windows cracked. While they love their dogs, many owners don't realize a dog doesn't sweat, but only cools off through their tongue, and keeping dogs in hot cars -?even with the windows cracked - is dangerous and potentially deadly.

Just running an errand for 10 minutes on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in minutes, causing brain damage or death. This ended in tragedy some years back at Ausable Chasm, where two dogs were left in the car, resulting in one dog dying.

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, and the engine isn't running, take down the car's color, model, make and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call the police or the humane society. Don't leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

In a tourist town like Lake Placid, it would be great to have a short-term doggy day care while visitors are dining or shopping. It would be a unique business venture for students on summer break. Just pitch a tent and charge an affordable fee to sit in the shade with a dog and a bowl of water. The village might even consider supplying this service and have the revenue go toward a civic project, possibly the parking garage.



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