California Dog Owners Unite at Richmond Rally to Promote Owner Responsibility, Off-Leash Access and SB 712

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from California Dog Owners Group

    PT. ISABEL, RICHMOND, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Dog
 Owners Group (Caldog), the leading statewide coalition of responsible
 dog-owners for a fair share of access to public space (caldog.org), is holding
 its first rally in support of off-leash access in state and local parks and in
 support of State Senate Bill #712 on Friday, April 20th at 11 a.m.
     The rally will be at Pt. Isabel Park, one of the oldest and most
 successful off-leash multi-user dog play areas in the state.  Pt. Isabel is
 just off I-80 at Central Avenue behind Costco in Richmond, in view of the
 Golden Gate Bridge.  The park is threatened with losing almost half of its
 off-leash space when it becomes part of the State Park system as Eastshore
 State Park.
     Caldog is a coalition of dog owners and community leaders who are
 concerned about recent attempts by park directors and other public officials
 to curtail opportunities for dog-based recreation.
     "We are responsible dog owners and we expect public officials to be
 responsible in allocating our share of resources," said Daryl Barnett of
 FREEPLAY, a Los Angeles group of dog advocates.
     Caldog is spearheading opportunities for dog owners to meet with Senator
 Jackie Speier, the first public official to support fair share access for dog
 owners and the sponsor of SB #712.
     SB #712 proposes to study the feasibility of off-leash access in State
 Parks.  Caldog says SB #712 is a model for state and local governments in that
 it would ensure fair treatment for taxpayers that enjoy dog-based recreation.
     "We have noted a growing trend for public officials to use borderline
 environmental issues and reference to isolated conflicts in making dog policy.
 This is bad policy and bad public relations," said Emily Rosenberg, president
 of California Dog Owners Group.  "Caldog will work with the public to develop
 educational programs and suitable regulations for responsible dog ownership.
 At the same time, we want to make our voices heard, and to alert people to
 their rights to public access if public officials fail to make fair
 recreational allocations."
     Rally organizers promise the rally to be a fun-filled media event with a
 guest appearance by that famous California icon, the Doggie Diner head.
 Doug MeKechnie, California Dog Owners Group media guru, invites the public to
 bring their kids, dogs and cameras for a great photo opportunity with the dog
 head.  It's a one-of-a-kind California postcard.
 
 

SOURCE California Dog Owners Group
    PT. ISABEL, RICHMOND, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Dog
 Owners Group (Caldog), the leading statewide coalition of responsible
 dog-owners for a fair share of access to public space (caldog.org), is holding
 its first rally in support of off-leash access in state and local parks and in
 support of State Senate Bill #712 on Friday, April 20th at 11 a.m.
     The rally will be at Pt. Isabel Park, one of the oldest and most
 successful off-leash multi-user dog play areas in the state.  Pt. Isabel is
 just off I-80 at Central Avenue behind Costco in Richmond, in view of the
 Golden Gate Bridge.  The park is threatened with losing almost half of its
 off-leash space when it becomes part of the State Park system as Eastshore
 State Park.
     Caldog is a coalition of dog owners and community leaders who are
 concerned about recent attempts by park directors and other public officials
 to curtail opportunities for dog-based recreation.
     "We are responsible dog owners and we expect public officials to be
 responsible in allocating our share of resources," said Daryl Barnett of
 FREEPLAY, a Los Angeles group of dog advocates.
     Caldog is spearheading opportunities for dog owners to meet with Senator
 Jackie Speier, the first public official to support fair share access for dog
 owners and the sponsor of SB #712.
     SB #712 proposes to study the feasibility of off-leash access in State
 Parks.  Caldog says SB #712 is a model for state and local governments in that
 it would ensure fair treatment for taxpayers that enjoy dog-based recreation.
     "We have noted a growing trend for public officials to use borderline
 environmental issues and reference to isolated conflicts in making dog policy.
 This is bad policy and bad public relations," said Emily Rosenberg, president
 of California Dog Owners Group.  "Caldog will work with the public to develop
 educational programs and suitable regulations for responsible dog ownership.
 At the same time, we want to make our voices heard, and to alert people to
 their rights to public access if public officials fail to make fair
 recreational allocations."
     Rally organizers promise the rally to be a fun-filled media event with a
 guest appearance by that famous California icon, the Doggie Diner head.
 Doug MeKechnie, California Dog Owners Group media guru, invites the public to
 bring their kids, dogs and cameras for a great photo opportunity with the dog
 head.  It's a one-of-a-kind California postcard.
 
 SOURCE  California Dog Owners Group