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'Paws and Think' campaign in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - A new campaign in Rochester is asking dog oweners to 'Paws and Think' before bringing pets to outdoor festivals and events.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Monday that campaign is a way to remind pet owners that they should leave their dogs at home or make other arrangements for the animals.

"Before you bring your dog to a large gathering of people, we're asking you to simply pause and think," said Mayor Warren. "I know many people consider their dogs to be members of the family and want to bring them wherever they go. But this really isn't a good idea. It's not good for the dog and it's not fair to the other people at the event."

Dogs and crowds are a poor mix for several reasons, including

  • Dogs on leashes can become tangled with other dogs on leashes;
  • Leashes in the crowds are tripping hazards, especially for small children and the elderly;
  • The hot pavement of streets and parking lots can burn dogs' paws
  • Dogs can become alarmed by loud noises and break away from their owners.

The campaign does not apply to guide dogs or service dogs. It also does not apply to animals that are integral to a special event, such as those in a dog parade or part of a performance.

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