Eugene City Council approves dog ban, but not smoking ban

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene City Council passed a dog ban for the downtown area Wednesday. The smoking ban was not approved.

The Eugene City Council began discussing how to make downtown a more welcoming place in November. They came up with two proposed ordinances: one would prohibit dogs within the downtown area and the other would prohibit smoking.

In an email, Laura Hammond, communication and policy analyst for the City of Eugene, said, "The purpose of the ordinance is to create a safe and welcoming downtown for dogs and people by reducing large congregations of dogs in areas where there are more people living, working and needing to use the sidewalks."

The pilot area for the ordinance includes roughly 12 blocks of downtown.

There are some exceptions to the dog ban.

People with service dogs, or pet owners who live or work in the banned areas won’t be affected. Pets are allowed to be in vehicles.

Council officials said the dog ban is modeled after a ban in place around the University of Oregon since 1996.

The pilot program will go into effect 30 days after the mayor signs the ordinance. It will be reassessed on November 1, 2017. However, city council could extend or make the ordinance permanent before then.

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