Paris: Exasperated, dog owners accuse the capital of neglecting the canine cause

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In Paris, the lack of places where dogs can play freely plunges canine owners into disarray. Those in the center of the capital had a space in the 4th arrondissement, but the experiment ended a few weeks ago following complaints from residents. The town hall promises the upcoming opening of a park dedicated to canids.”

A cohabitation not always easy and ravaged lawns are invoked by Ariel Weil, mayor of Paris Centre (sector grouping the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris), to justify the closure of one of the few spaces that allowed dogs to evolve without a leash in the capital.”

At the end of June, the experiment consisting in giving access to quadrupeds to the Garden of the Hotel Lamoignon – Mark-Ashton (4th arr.) for 2 hours in the evening, ended. A decision following the complaints of the inhabitants of the surroundings. The latter said they were exasperated by noise pollution and worried about the safety of children, reported Le Parisien on Thursday, September 2.”

Garden of the Hotel Lamoignon – Mark-Ashton (Google Street View)

The elected official announces however the opening of a new site in a few months, a space of 150 square meters, on a large lawn, and whose development should begin at the end of 2021 / early 2022. A promise that the masters welcome with a certain skepticism, as illustrated by the position of Nous les chiens de Paris expressed by Rachel, the founder of the association: We were told about a place in Nelson-Mandela Park, in Les Halles, 10 meters by 10, but without giving us a calendar. The budget of realization is not even released, she tells the Parisian.

Repression is increasing everywhere in Paris

Canine owners and organizations have been mobilizing for a year and a half to obtain the establishment of dog parks in Paris, but the city authorities do not seem to be moving in this direction, in their eyes. They even deplore the repression that is increasing everywhere, taking the form of frequent checks and verbalizations. This is what the participants of the rally organized by Nous les chiens de Paris on September 11 in front of the Town Hall of the Center intend to denounce. The opportunity for them to challenge elected officials on [their] need for a park accessible to dogs without a leash in the boroughs concerned.”

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Regarding the sanctions mentioned above, Ariel Weil assures that they do not meet special instructions. He also promises that 5 new dog parks will soon be opened in the 1st, 5th, 13th, 14th and 18th arrondissements, in addition to the 3 new ones that have been developed since the beginning of the mandate.”

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