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Vernon ball diamonds have a problem with off-leash dogs entering spectator areas

Council told dogs are urinating on spectators' blankets and chairs

April 25, 2023  By Turf & Rec

Recent reports of off-leash dogs roaming the spectator area at Vernon, B.C.’s Marshall Fields has reached the attention of local council.

It has been reported that dogs are urinating on the blankets and chairs of spectators there to watch baseball games. Spectators sit within the area designated for off-leash dogs, Mayor Victor Cumming told council, suggesting the installation of a barrier fence might solve the problem.

Dog control falls under the jurisdiction of the Regional District of North Okanagan. A district officer would be required to monitor the area for dog-related matters, but it wouldn’t be practical to have someone there at all times, council was told.

Coun. Akbal Mund suggested a three-foot-tall fence around the diamonds could prevent dogs from entering the field area, admitting it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

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