No dogs at some events downtown, council says

Grand Junction City Council members added more teeth to an ordinance Monday night that would ban dogs and any other pets at some downtown Grand Junction events, such as farmers markets.

According to director Heidi Hoffman Ham of the Downtown Development Authority, the crush of dogs and visitors at the popular downtown summertime events meant the event essentially had gone to the dogs.

“With that many people in that small of an area, it became a concentration issue,” Ham said. “It doesn’t mean that we don’t want dogs downtown. We just don’t want them then.”

Ham said she had received complaints about dog fights, dog owners refusing to pick up their dog’s waste and unwanted contact among pets and other visitors. Officials have taken reports of dogs relieving themselves on art canvasses and destroying property.

Council members passed the measure unanimously.

“What it’s gotten to be is pit bulls and muscle shirts,” Council member Gregg Palmer said before the meeting.

For Brittany and Chris Vandermark, walking their two, waist-high Great Danes, Milo and Duke, around the market has become an enjoyable summer staple.

“If it’s passed, we would not go to downtown Grand Junction,” Brittany said of the prospect of leaving their dogs at home. “We’ll go to the Palisade market. Maybe instead of banning all dogs, police the bad pet owners and allow us to enjoy our time.”

Dogs will be allowed during downtown Grand Junction events that feature pets, such as the wiener dog races.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the council voted to allow Mesa State College to offer alcohol service at several of its recreational arenas on campus.


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