BOSTON – Following an incident in April in which a four-year-old girl was bitten by an off-leash dog at Medal of Honor Park, or M Street Park, Council President Flynn and Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty will be hosting a community meeting in South Boston on Wednesday, May 10th at 6pm at M Street Park to address the issue of off-leash dogs.
Boston Police C-6 Captain Joseph Boyle, Boston Animal Control Director Alexis Trzcinski, and officials from the Boston Parks Department will also be present at the community meeting. The South Boston community is invited to attend and share their experiences and concerns. The meeting will also discuss potential solutions and enforcement to this serious issue.
“We all love our dogs and pets, but at the same time, we have many families with young children who use the Medal of Honor Park. It is important for their safety, and the peace of mind of parents and neighbors, that dog owners and dog walkers please keep their dogs on a leash to prevent these incidents from happening,” said Council President Flynn. “We also have a dog park located nearby right down the hill on First Street at the Thomas J. Butler Park that was built for this exact purpose. I strongly encourage dog owners and walkers to be a good neighbor and utilize this park for both the enjoyment of their pets, as well as the safety of our residents and children.”
“The safety of our residents and particularly our children is of the utmost importance and I implore dog owners to follow the leash law and utilize the dog park located on First Street. Let’s start the conversation about the potential for another dog park or dog run in the neighborhood given the increasing necessity,” said Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty.
For more information, please contact Council President Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and [email protected].