Just a reminder, Russellville Mayor Mark Stratton is asking those who attend the Tobacco & Heritage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, please leave your pets at home. The mayor wishes everyone who comes out to enjoy the community’s largest event a good time, but doesn’t want anything to damper the day.
The city has an active ordinance that was passed in 2004 stating, “It shall be unlawful for any person to bring any dog, leashed or unleashed, to any public event held in the City of Russellville.” According to the mayor and city council, bringing your dogs to the festival creates a concern for the public’s health and safety.
There have been many complaints over the years concerning dogs at events such as the Tobacco & Heritage Festival. The city wants to assure the safety and well being of all those who attend the event. Some people feel very uneasy when strange dogs are around their children.
“I’m not a dog hater, but it is on the books,” said Stratton. “The ordinance will be strictly enforced at the festival and any events in the city during this time.”
There is no separation for big dogs or little dogs. Even though a larger dog may scare some, small dogs that are carried in purses or strollers can feel confined and scared, and may act out in an aggressive way.
“We are just trying to alert people ahead of time to leave their dogs at home. I hate to be the bad guy, but I have to think of all the citizens and their safety,” said the mayor.
If you ignore the ordinance, authorities will ask you to take your animal from the event and can return upon doing so.
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