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Parks board studying border collie plan

December 12, 1997

The Hagerstown Parks Board wants golf courses, cemeteries and other organizations to share the cost of a border collie to chase away waterfowl, the board's chairman said Thursday.

John Ziegler said the board will recommend to Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and Hagerstown City Council next month that the city lease or buy a dog with or without help. Hundreds of birds have overrun Hagerstown City Park, attracted by its abundance of water and food.

Ziegler said Public Works Manager Doug Stull would research the costs of leasing and buying a border collie, a breed that has successfully been used other places.

He also said Stull would approach Black Rock Country Club and other places that have lakes about the possibility of splitting the costs.

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"We want to do it, but we want to be able to present it to the mayor and council in the most cost-effective way," Ziegler said.

- Brendan Kirby

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