MONTAGUE - Montague town council has turned paws down on approving the construction of a dog park for eastern P.E.I.’s largest town.
The request came from a small group of dog owners who want to be able to run their dogs off the leash.
While councillors welcomed the idea, they weren't wagging any tails over the $12,000 price tag.
“I see the benefits and can understand why dog owners would like this, but twelve grand?” questioned Coun. Debbie Johnson. “I don’t know if we can justify that kind of expense.”
The dog owners say they have no safe place to exercise their dog or allow animals to socialize within the town.
Many owners walk their dogs on the Confederation Trail which cuts through the town, but a leash is required.
Others walk dogs at the Three Rivers Roma site or Brudenell Provincial Park.
Many owners would like something similar to the Upton Road or Stratford dog park and councillors suggest a meeting with the dog owners to discuss options would be helpful.
“We have too many items coming down the road that require money,’’ said Coun. Jim Bagnall. “I think there are other matters that are more important.”
There are 27 dogs registered in the town, but chief administrative officer Andy Daggett suggested there were likely many more without tags.
The town has a section of land near the Wellness Centre that could be used for a park, but the required fencing would cost about $12,000.