Slight majority favor allowing dogs on state beaches - 313 citizens, 508 responses

Aug 26, 2015

Canine fans celebrated National Dog Day last month. In honor of the occasion and of the hot summer weather, the  Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should dogs be allowed on NH state beaches?” 

A total of 86% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of these a 58% majority were in favor of allowing dogs on beaches with 42% opposed. Of the remaining respondents, 12% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 2% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 313 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 508 responses. 

Supporters  spoke of considering their dogs members of the family, and noted how much their pets enjoy a chance to visit the beach. “We would love to be able to bring our dogs to the beaches,” one commenter wrote. “Dogs should be allowed. If owners don't clean up, they should be fined,” another suggested. “I don't have a problem with dogs on the beach. People need to relax,” a respondent said. 

Opponents cited health and safety concerns related to dog waste or the potential for an animal to become aggressive. “Dog owners are not responsible enough. A few ruin it for the many,” one commenter said. “The dogs can stay at home, or their owners can bring them to places where they are specifically welcome,” a citizen suggested. “Dogs don’t belong in big crowds or on the beaches,” another argued. 

Those who opted not to give a yes or no response discussed broader issues, such as whether dogs could have a designated area or time when they were permitted. Others questioned the effectiveness of laws regulating the behavior of pet owners. “There are dogs all over the beaches, and many are doing their business everywhere. Most do not pick up after their dogs. If they're not going to enforce one law, why would they enforce any other?”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

Comments

Jonathon Black
- Sylmar

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:30am

Hello, puppy and pupper enthusiasts, 

Some humans think that there may be a reason or two to stop people from having their dogs go to the public beaches with them like family members, and, yet, to me, it seems that there are no reasons in reality. Even with infractions, if there were a law that allowed dogs to be on the beaches with their responsible owners, there would be the same number of crimes as there are anyway, and/or maybe even less, if the proper postings were in PLAIN VIEW of any person near a beach.  And, with higher fines, also posted, but with the proper good conduct notices as well, people could feel more secure and obliged in order to be able to continue to bring their favorite pets to their favorite beaches. The beaches could put up twenty-five-cent baggie dispensers, and plenty of trash recepticles, and maybe even make a profit over it.  If laws and common sense are observed, it can work on any beach.  This country is based on laws, and rules shape our lives.  WE CAN MAKE DOG BEACHES LEGAL, AND RIGHTFUL!

If people who are dog owners:

- Keep thier dogs on secure leashes, and closely monitor their pet's activities, both in leashed and unleashed areas

- Pick up after their pets in every fashion, and provide their own waste receptacles 

- Don't bring aggressive canines with them where other humans may be interacting

- Pay attention to ALL of the laws, rules and regulations concerning the rights AND privelages to bring their dogs to the beaches

 

Well, then, there shouldn't be anymore questions or doubts regarding this subject.

 

We can all live happily, healthily and safely on the beaches with our favorite dogs if we all work together.

 

Thank you,

Jonny Black

 

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