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Renfrew's new pet policy popular with dog owners

November 15, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A month-old pet policy at Renfrew Park has been generating positive feedback, a park official said this week.

Sue Smith, supervisor of visitor services, said she hopes that enthusiasm means dog owners will spread the word.

"They're going to help us enforce the pet policy with other owners walking in the park," she said.

The key part of the new policy involves registering pets with the park's visitors center in the white barn.

Dog owners pay a $5 lifetime registration fee per dog and sign a document saying they will abide by the other two components of the pet policy.

Those are that dogs will remain on a leash and owners will pick up feces, Smith said.

"That keeps the park healthy and clean for all our visitors," she said.

Registered dogs are given a yellow collar tag and, while supplies last, a baggie of treats donated by Hagerstown's Bones & Cones Dessertery, Smith said.

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The park has had 64 registrants since the policy's kickoff at Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 13, Smith said.

"We've put signs up throughout the park to inform folks of the policy," she said. "We still have some (nonregistered dog owners) out there that we're going to be talking to soon."

The visitors center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those unable to visit the center during its hours of operation can call 717-762-4723 to have documents mailed to them.

"It's really a privilege to walk your dog here, and we want to keep the park neat and clean," Smith said.

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