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Liability concerns discussed about proposed dog park

Some concerns with liability are being looked into when it comes to the proposed off-leash dog park in Danbury.  The park has been proposed for a piece of land off Miry Brook Road and would not be staffed by City employees.  Council President Joe Cavo says most dog parks have signs up for municipal protection that aggressive dogs are not allowed in the park.

 

Cavo says that posting, along with other rules, makes it known that people enter the park at their own risk.  But he says most dog park patrons know they're responsible for the actions of their dogs including biting people or other dogs.

 

The City's attorney says it limits Danbury's liability, especially since there is no plan to staff the park.

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says if the City will only incur liability if something happens that the City is responsible for.  Boughton says it's a calculated risk.  He's spoken with the City's insurance carrier and says they underwrite other cities with dog parks--and that there are very few claims.

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