September 16, 2014
Dog owners are up in arms over a decision to ban their pets from a portion of a Reno-area park.
About 50 people showed up at a Jan. 6 meeting of the Verdi Citizens Advisory Board to protest the decision to close the northern portion of Verdi's Crystal Peak Park to dogs.
Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space officials told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the decision was based on the park department's establishment of wildlife refuge areas in some larger parks.
They say the county heard from residents concerned that dogs frighten away wildlife and leave messes their owners don't pick up.
But dog owners say they plan to protest the decision at a March 1 meeting of the county Open Space and Regional Parks Commission.
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