In Ayden, dog owners will have to continue to travel out of town to allow their dogs to run free in dog parks. Town officials have shot down a proposal to build a dog park in town.
“Dogs need to socialize too,” said Raymond Langley, an Ayden Town Commissioner.
Langley made a motion to approve the park, but no other commissioner would second it.
“It created two things,” said Langley. “It created an environment for the dogs to get and be socialable with other dogs as well as people.”
The proposed dog park was going to be an addition to the Veteran’s Memorial Park located on Snow Hill Street. The plan was to repurpose the old swing set area to create a 2,500 sq. ft. space for dogs to run unleashed.
Some officials believe it would become a liability to the city if accidents occurred. While others say it is the responsibility of the dog owners to control their pet’s behavior.
“It’s just like coming to the playground with your kids,” said Melissa Feller, a local dog owner, “if you have an aggressive child you’re going to say hey let’s show some kindness to the other kids on the playground this doesn’t belong to us it belongs to the community.”
Adjacent cities to Ayden don’t have a park either for residents.
“Neither Winterville nor Grifton have a dog park,” said Langley, “so the closest one is Greenville going north or Kinston going south.”