Lafayette bans dogs from city festivals

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LAFAYETTE, Colo. — The city of Lafayette passed a resolution this week that prohibits pets at city and chamber events.

“We’ve had a lot more resident complaints,” city spokeswoman Debbie Wilmot said. “People that are participating in events that are unhappy because of interaction with the dogs.”

The city council passed the resolution earlier this week. It goes into effect immediately.

“After one of our events last year, the Peach Festival, we were contacted by the Humane Society and asked to do something to help better provide safety for the dogs that were attending. The pavement gets really hot and crowds are continuing to grow at our events,” Wilmot said.

Lafayette isn’t the first city to regulate pet participation at events, and some residents said they’ll be bummed to leave their pets at home.

“A couple of people have some problems, and then there’s a big law that passed and now we can’t take our dogs there anymore,” one dog owner and Lafayette resident said.

Other residents said it is a smart move.

“I agree with it,” said one resident who goes to many of the city’s festivals. “There are people that don’t like dogs and are afraid of dogs.”

Service animals will be allowed at all city events.

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