RUMFORD — People bringing dogs and other pets to town to walk them on athletic fields, playgrounds, cemeteries and parks should instead leave Fido or Fifi at home. They're no longer welcome on town property.
Selectmen on Thursday night acknowledged the new proviso by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Town Manager Carlo Puiia read it into record and is advertising the public notice in local newspapers.
It states: The Parks and Recreation Commission will no longer allow dogs or any other pets on athletic fields, parks, playgrounds and cemeteries that are owned by the town. Dogs or other pets will also not be allowed at any public events at these locations.
“We regret this action, but unfortunately, many pet owners have not cleaned up after their pets or been responsible for the behavior of their pets,” according to the notice.
“Our priority must be the health and safety of these areas for use by our citizens and the public.”