Hudson Council Emergency Meeting Tonight To Discuss Sandy Beach Dog Ban

There will be a special meeting of council tonight in Hudson.

Most notably, on the agenda is the banning of dogs in the Sandy beach area including on trails far from the water’s edge.

The ban was made public yesterday afternoon with signs going up in the area at about 3 o’clock and comes into effect today.

Mayor Jamie Nicholls made the decision to ban all dogs from the area following a dog bite incident on Wednesday that saw a Hudson resident injured by a Pit Bull on a leash that managed to get away from its owner.

Mayor Nicholls said “We need to protect citizens and ensure the safety and security of Hudsonites,”

Dog owners have been allowed to walk leashed dogs in the area for decades but Mayor Nicholls said that the law has not been respected and Hudson’s Public Securtiy Patrol says the leash law is difficult to enforce.

Meanwhile, Social Media lit up yesterday afternoon after it was made public that Hudson was implementing the ban on pooches not only from Sandy Beach but from a wide area surrounding the popular waterfront area.

Most of the comments were from those opposed to what was described as a “knee jerk” reaction to an isolated incident.

While others simply posted sunset photos of final walks on the beach with their canine friends.

Tonight’s special meeting will feature a question period for residents concerned about the ban and takes place at 7 pm at Halcro Cottage, 539 Main Road.

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