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Paris dog owners march for more off-leash space, and access to public transportation


Paris, with all its pooch-welcoming restaurants, is generally considered a pretty dog-friendly city, but some think it could do more, particularly when it comes to park space and access to public transportation for canines.

At least 100 dogs and their humans marched outside the Louvre Saturday in a demonstration demanding more of both, the Associated Press reported.

Organizers of the canine-citizen march dubbed “My Dog, My City” estimate about 200,000 dogs live in Paris, but say that the city lacks the dog-friendly public spaces of places like New York, London, Montreal and Brussels.

According to the city’s website, two of Paris’ 20 sections have only one reserved public park space for dogs and both require leashes.

(Photo: Remy de la Mauviniere / Associated Press)


Comment from selkie
Time June 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

I’ll tell you something else about Paris – it is actually a horrific place generally for dogs. I have two friends (brothers)- who are from there and go back frequently to visit their elderly father. Fact: their pounds do not allow volunteers- dogs are kept in cages -ALL THE TIME -no outside runs, no walks, not allowed. Fact: it is VERY common for French generally to dump their dogs when they go on vacation … then just get another one when they get back – this is not rumour but fact. Unfortunately, they do the same thing in Quebec – come July 1 when the province moves (odd but true) the Montreal SPCA says they end up rescuing THOUSANDS of animals as they are abandoned or simply left in apartments as people move on.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time June 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

I dunno. I visited Paris for two weeks in 2008, and the first thing I noticed was that nobody–but nobody–cleans up after their dog. All those lovely tree-lined boulevards? Their green areas are ankle deep in crap.