Dogs will no longer be allowed in at the Cottonwood Farmers Market Jamboree in Old Town — a weekly event which attracts plenty of people to browse for sales and enjoy live musidc.
Dogs will be allowed in a special area designated outside the park fence, but are no longer allowed to enter the park itself.
The city is informally calling this the "park a pooch" policy.
"We’ve had some ongoing issues," said Hezekiah Allen, a representative with Cottonwood’s community services department. "Even if pet owners are responsible and clean up after their pets, they still tend to urinate on the straw bales that are out there for people to sit on."
Allen said the straw was practically a magnet for dogs.
"It’s not usually the dogs," City Manager Doug Bartosh said.
"It’s a people problem."
Mayor Diane Joens said that she wants Cottonwood to be considered as a dog-friendly community, but she agreed that there have been problems....
For the full story, please see the Wednesday, August 14th edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.