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Lauren Glendenning
Eagle-Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado –Eagle-Vail dog owners who let their dogs roam freely about the neighbor-hood without leashes beware: the property owners’ association is watching.

Eagle-Vail community leaders met with residents Saturday morn-ing to let them know about the neighborhood compliance officer, Tom Snyder, who will be issuing citations and fines to residents who aren’t following the community rules and regulations.

Eagle County rules require dogs to be on leashes, and Eagle-Vail takes that rule seriously, said Rick MacCutcheon, Eagle-Vail’s community manager.

The community is going to do a tri-al run on a temporary dog-park area, just south of the pavilion pond, where dogs can run around without leashes at certain times on Tuesdays, Thurs-days and Sundays, MacCutcheon said. Saturday’s meeting included other dog experts – Mark Ruark, often referred to as the Vail Valley’s dog whisperer, and veterinarian Charlie Meynier – who told dog owners why leashes and picking up after dogs are so important to the community.

Ruark said if people don’t have a command that calls a dog back to them that truly works, they should never allow the dog off a leash anyway. ” You’ve got to be able to call them back,” Ruark said. “It’s all about control.” Meynier said he sees two to four dogs a week who have been hit by cars, and about two to three dogs a week come to his office because they’ve been in fights with other dogs. “Keeping them on a leash is very important,” Meynier said.

Mike Kieler, an Eagle-Vail board member who helped organize the meeting, said he’s concerned with dog droppings all over the golf course and the neighborhood. He said there are about 20 dog-bag stations throughout the neighborhood and encouraged people to pick up after their dogs.

And picking up after dogs is about more than just respecting neighbors who would rather not see it, step in it or smell it, Meynier said – it’s a safe-ty concern.

Dogs can breathe in the spores in dog stools that can spread diseases not only between dogs but also to humans, Meynier said. From worms to the Par-vo virus, there are dangers that lurk in dog poop lying all over the place.

“(Picking up after your dog) is more than just a courtesy,” Meynier said. “It’s disease prevention for our animals, our friends’ animals and for our kids.”

Community Editor Lauren Glenden-ning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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