Councillor seeks security cameras at dog park
Revere dogs got some love from city officials at this week’s City Council meeting.
Ward 6 Councillor Richard Serino asked for an update on a council order approved last September to install a camera at the Paws & Play Dog Park on Sargent Street. The camera was requested because dogs were being abandoned at the park and because there were problems with some dogs attacking other dogs and people.
Mayoral Aide Gianni Hill was at the meeting and ready with the latest news. “We have the money, and I just received an estimate for the camera today,” Hill told councillors. Hill said the next step is deciding on the best spot to install the camera.
Ward 3 Councillor Anthony Cogliandro asked that the camera be placed in a position to capture cars at the dog park. Cogliandro said dog daycare businesses are pulling in and unleashing packs of dogs and the park is meant for individual residents and their pets.
In other local canine news, City Council President Pro Tempore Joanne McKenna proposed that the acting mayor request DCR to look at the feasibility of creating a year-round beach dog park at the beginning of Revere Beach. This section of the beach is rocky and muddy and isn’t used by people even during the summer. “This part of Revere Beach, right where the rotary is, is away from houses and people. It’s a perfect place for a little beach dog park. Everyone has dogs and there’s no place for them to go,” said McKenna, who added that dogs walking on pavement and sidewalks often burn their paws.
Councillor-at-Large Marc Silvestri addressed environmental concerns with a proposal to double the enforcement fines for those who fail to clean up after their pets.
Other councillors, who all claimed to be the city’s dog councillor, supported McKenna and expressed hope that DCR would make the proposal work.