Letter: Keep Dogs Out of Cemeteries
To the Editor:
The proposal of a park for canines will do nothing toward alleviating the menace of people bringing their dogs to Lebanon cemeteries (especially West Lebanon) for exercise and relief.
Once there, and if there not any interested persons in attendance, many times those dogs are released to run free to defecate or whatever on established burial si tes. Some owners clean up after their pets, but the area is large and what dogs leave is often undetected and not removed.
A burial ground is solely for the interment of the deceased and should be maintained for this purpose only. To serve this purpose, Lebanon cemeteries (and playgrounds) should be made off limits to dogs. With an appropriate ordinance in place, any activity not associated with a cemetery would be an infraction resulting in a monetary assessment.
Cities comparable to Lebanon (Barre, Vt., and Concord, N.H.) restrict the use of their cemeteries, which includes the banning of dogs. Why — and I think I know the answer — doesn’t the Lebanon City Council do the same for Lebanon?
Gordon M. Stone