(CBS) — The Chicago Park District said Tuesday that its decision is final, and said it will not reverse the newly-imposed ban on dogs in Maggie Daley Park. But its Grant Park Advisory council heard from both sides during a meeting Tuesday night in the park’s fieldhouse.
One man cited Centers for Disease Control dog-bite statistics. A woman said she once felt like a city ambassador when stopped by tourists as she walked her dog in Grant Park, but said she now is ready to move to a place that welcomes her collie.READ MORE: Elmhurst University Student Charged With Making Up Story About Man With Gun That Sent Campus Into Lockdown For Hours
Most other speakers, however, were far less emotional.
Supporters of the ban said the problems with dogs off their leashes and owners who fail to clean up — despite Park District ordinances requiring leashes and clean-up — are epidemic.