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Survey Says: Off-Leash Areas Are Dispensible

By Afternoon Jolt April 13, 2011

Today's losers: Dog owners.

In a recent survey by the Seattle Parks Foundation, off-leash areas ranked dead last in popularity among parks users (as measured by how often people use them), with 70 percent saying they use off-leash areas "rarely or never" and just 15 percent saying they use them frequently.

Off-leash areas also came in at the bottom of the heap in rankings by "importance." Well over a third of respondents said they did not consider off-leash areas very important, and less than a third considered off-leash areas "very important."

Oh, and lest you think the parks foundation surveyed an unrepresentative dog-hating slice of Seattle residents: Fully 35 percent of those who responded are dog owners themselves.
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