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No dogs at Glen Park, for now

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A popular park in Williamsville says no to dogs, but residents are eager to change the rules. Some want to be able to walk and play with their pets in Glen Park, but as YNN's Natalia Martinez reports, others say they are just barking up the wrong tree.

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — It's a beautiful park, a destination for weddings. But some residents say pets should be allowed to enjoy Williamsville's Glen Park too.

"I think it's really important that obviously another member of the family, our pets, are included when we want to go for walks in the park," Williamsville resident, Elizabeth Lytle told YNN.

But dogs are not allowed here. People have been sounding off about the issue on Facebook.

Dave Saj has visited this park for 20 years and sees dogs here all the time, despite the several signs posted throughout. But Saj says it's nothing bark at.

"Let the people and the dogs enjoy the freedom of the park," Cheektowaga resident,
Saj said.

No dogs were in sight when we visited, we did find the paw prints in the snow. Monday night, opponents told the Village Board that permitting dogs here would make it rough for the ducks, and other wildlife that call this park home.

"There's really a lot of other parks in the village they can use. That particular park I don't think is in the best interest for anybody," said Williamsville resident Beatriz Slick.

State Law requires dogs to always be walked on leashes, and then there's complaints about people not picking up after their pups.

"People don't listen, they don't obey the rules," one resident told board members.

The Village Board pressed the "paws" button on a vote.

"I want to hear what the public has to say," Village of Williamsville Board Member, Christopher Duquin said.

The park's board will now discuss the issue before another public hearing, which will be held soon.

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