EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Downtown Eugene’s ban on dogs will come to an end Nov. 1.
Eugene city councilors are letting their ban on dogs in the city center expire. Several city councilors who voted for the ban in April said they intended for it to be temporary, The Register-Guard reported .
The downtown dog ban was one of numerous initiatives the city launched to try to make the area safer and more welcoming. City councilors had heard concerns about people downtown being frightened by aggressive dogs.
Eugene police said they have not compiled how many citations they issued to violators or how many other contacts they had downtown with dog owners.
City councilors would need at least two public votes, plus a public notice and a public hearing, before they could reinstate the ban.
For years, homeless people and others who congregate downtown have brought dogs with them. Critics said the ban was aimed at excluding such people from the downtown, a claim supporters denied.
Councilor Alan Zelenka said the city’s initiatives improved the atmosphere downtown and attracted more people to public spaces they previously avoided, including the Park Blocks and Broadway Plaza.
“We took a lot of heat for instituting (the dog ban), but I think the results speak for themselves,” he said.
Zelenka said he may reconsider his stance if people resume bringing dogs into the downtown and cause problems.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com