DUBUQUE, Iowa — The City Council won't budge on its general policy against pets in city parks, but it voted to allow leashed animals on four city trails and some other recreation areas.
The council voted unanimously Monday for the changes, which followed a debate last spring about whether to allow leashed pets in most city parks. City Council members ultimately voted 5-2 against lifting the city's 44-year-old ordinance barring pets from parks.
After that vote, the city began increasing enforcement of the ordinance, and some areas that had been viewed as pet-friendly became off limits to dogs and cats.
Council member Ric Jones proposed expanding the amendment to allow pets along the four city trails as well as the city marina, Mississippi Riverwalk, Jaycees Trail and two parks.
That, Jones said, would return city policy to what was common practice before the increased enforcement.
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