July 11, 2014

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Ulster County comes to the aid of pets in New Paltz

NEW PALTZ – Soon a fence will be constructed on a two-acre rocky, wooded plain adjacent to the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz where county residents can bring their dogs to socialize together in a park.

“It's all the amenities that make life a home. It's a quality of life issue,” said Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, a pet owner. “I understand the amazing part of a family a pet can become.”

Future county dog park

The Ulster County Dog Park will open by summer's end, but there other less fortunate dogs that will also soon get some attention. Those are the dogs that stay tied, hours and days without end, with little or no food or water. Hein now wants legislation enacted an anti-tethering law that would help curb these abuses and stops a practice that helps create aggressive animals.

“No one wants to see dogs on heavy chains outside in the bright, bright sun, hours and hours, without food or water,” said Hein. “It's inhumane, so the question is, what can do about it? And one of the things we can do is have the legislation is place, so our law enforcement have the tools to do that.”

Hein said pets become part of people’s families and caring for them is a logical step.


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