Residents push for city dog park

August 23, 2015

Thompson Park could soon get a little noisier as the Barbourville City Council is considering adding a dog park to the grounds.

Residents Casey Lawson, of Barbourville and Jim Thompson, of Bimble, pleaded their case at Thursday’s City Council meeting.

Lawson, who was a member of one of the action groups of Barbourville’s Strategic Plan submitted plans for the park to city hall a couple of months ago.

“Socialization is extremely important to dogs,” she told the council, “not to mention the daily need for exercise. When I lived in North Carolina, we had dog parks everywhere.”

The dog park, she added, would be a great place to host animal events, like mobile adoptions and fundraisers.”

The presenters appealed to the council to take positive action with the dog park, not only in allowing owners to exercise and socialize their dogs, but to allow programs that can come in and teach positive dog ownership habits.

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