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Dogs at street festivals: Yay or nay?

Sunday Sound-off: Do dogs belong at festivals?


Today, the Locust Street Festival in Riverwest kicks off it's 32nd year. It's known for its Beer Run, great music and eclectic attendees, many of who bring their dogs. However, for the past couple of years, festival organizers encouraged festival goers to leave their dogs at home. Squabbles between pooches -- and the belief that some dogs in attendance weren't safe around children -- triggered this request.

Do yuo think it's fair for a festival – any festival, not just Locust Street – to ban dogs from the event? Should pet caregivers have the right to take their dog to a free, open-to-the-public street festival, or are stringent rules regarding animals in everyone's best interest?

Finally, should certain breeds -- like pit bulls -- have special restrictions?

Sound-off, Milwaukee, and let us know what you think about dogs at summer festivals.

Dogs should be able to attend. As long as a dog is on a leach and is reasonably trained, they should be allowed to attend street festivals. This is a situation where a few bad apples might spoil it for responsible caregivers and that isn't fair. Dogs are people, too!

Dogs should be banned from street festivals. You really can't stop irresponsible dog owners from bringing their pets to festivals, so the only option is to ban them altogether. It's too bad, because some people view dogs as their family members, and would like to enjoy the festivities with their pets, but it's just too dangerous to allow dogs.

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captnbkjk | June 30, 2013 at 10:32 a.m. (report)

Dogs absolutely should not be allowed at street festivals. No one is out walking their dog and is suddenly surprised by a random street festival. And if so, said persons should take their dog home and come back if they want to attend a festival. There are places in society for dogs but they dont belong anywhere their selfish, narcissist owner wants to take them. While were at it, many adult festivals which have heavy drinking and loud music should also ban toddlers, strollers, and young children. Putting young children and dogs in crowded situations that include loud noise and often heavy drinking is not just annoying to others but is a sign of neglect that borders on abuse.

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katplaysgames1 | June 12, 2009 at 2:38 p.m. (report)

Ban all dogs, cats, birds from Street festivals, please! Unless, of course, the dog is a "working dog" - for blind, disabled, deaf persons, etc. As a vendor, I have had a dog dump my beads and jewelry to the ground and do the owners help you sort it all out again - NO! Oh, yeah, they will stay to pick the stuff off the ground but the sorting is all on me. I love animals but they don't know how to behave at the festival and shouldn't be expected to - too many smells and people and excitement!

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6318kkjt | June 10, 2008 at 11:02 a.m. (report)

I am a dog owner and I believe that dogs should stay at home. If something bothers they will start barking and sometimes continue which is annoying. Also, some dogs are not good in crowds, around a large amount of people or even children. And don't forget there are people that are afraid of dogs and that is not fair to them either. Some owners don't bring a bag along to pick up the dog-doo which is quite sick. DOGS NEED TO STAY HOME!!! THERE IS ENOUGH PLACES DOGS ARE ALLOWED AND THAT IS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE. If the owner is going to be gone long than find someone to let the dog out.

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jeloyo | June 9, 2008 at 1:55 p.m. (report)

i don't think "all" dogs should be banned from "all" festivals. i think that people need to use common sense. If I happen to be out on a walk with my dog and come across a street festival and want to say for a few moments and have some to eat quickly, I don't think that I should be "banned." If, however, my dog is approaching everyone and/or is stressed, then no, I wouldn't keep her there - I would use common sense and take her home. I also wouldn't bring her to a festival in extreme heat, and expect her to stay there for a long period of time. Also, Reluctantly Milwaukee said that "Dogs do not belong in crowds of people...Dogs attack people...They...have no place in public...It is simply disgusting....." I think that a lot of people take young children to places that they don't belong, but yet, no one bans them from doing it. Not all dogs attack people, just as not all children are well behaved in public. And, trust me, i've seen a ton of grubby, poopy, smelly kids that are disgusting, and yet, I don't threaten to take a rifle to them as Reluctantly Milwaukee does to pitbulls. Hmmm...who seems to have more common sense here? People need to start taking personal responsibility for their actions, and start using common sense, rather than just banning things across the board.

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jessgibs | June 9, 2008 at 1:48 p.m. (report)

I love dogs, but not at festivals! I really don't like when people with dogs want to take them everywhere they go, like to restaurants with outdoor seating or to street festivals. I have seen "well-behaved" dogs get around other dogs, maybe not so well-behaved, and all hell breaks loose. If you have seen two dogs get into a fight, I am sorry for you because I have seen it twice and it is awful. And these weren't two pitbulls fighting, I have seen normal dogs get into biting matches with each other and sometimes when people are at a festival, they aren't paying as much attention to their dogs and this could happen easily. You cannot allow only "well-behaved" dogs and ban dogs such as pitbulls, so I say ban them all. Also, people, seriously, please don't bring your dogs to you when you eat at a restaurant outside. I hate sitting next to someone with a dog and their dog keeps coming over to me-I'm trying to eat, not pet your dog. Dog parks, regular parks, sure, bring the dogs. But not to places where not everyone loves dogs the way you or I do!

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