Big Four could go dog-free - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Big Four could go dog-free

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Big Four pedestrian bridge is drawing big crowds since its opening a couple of weeks ago.  But what some dogs are leaving behind could lead to pets being banned from the bridge.

The Board of the Waterfront Development Corporation decided on Wednesday to study the matter for another 30 days and then decide whether, or how, to ban dogs.

Too many dogs are leaving behind their droppings, and their owners are not cleaning up after their pets.  So the Waterfront Development Corporation, which operates the bridge, says it is reluctantly considering banning dogs from the bridge.

"I still hope we can figure out a way to educate people a little more and see if the problem gets better," says the executive director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, David Karem.

Karem says his crews have had to clean up dog droppings as many as three times a day.  "For example," he explains, "The staff said on Saturday that it was a good day on the bridge; but they said it was a terrible day on Sunday, we had 20 separate episodes on the bridge."

Even with Wednesday's cold and windy weather, Jim Solley and his small dog, Mister Peabody, made their first visit to the bridge.  Solley says he doesn't understand people who refuse to pick up after their pets and ruin it for everyone.

"They are thoughtless, is all I can say," he told WDRB, "It is not all that big a deal to take a second and clean up after your dog."

The Waterfront Development Corporation has talked with other cities that also have pedestrian bridges to see what their policies are when it comes to pets.

It is also considering providing bags along the bridge that pet owners can use to pick up the animal waste.  But Karem isn't so sure his agency should have to do that. "I don't know why it should be a public agency's responsibility to provide bags for people's dogs," he says.

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