Could your dog be treated as a member of the family?
That’s what Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey is pushing for in a bill he’s introduced that would rename a section of a county park “Dogs Only Park.”
Markey’s bill, which was passed through the Senate Natural Resources Committee, would pay tribute to an estimated 20-300,000 dogs on federal land in his home state, and anywhere else.
In a statement to a local Fox News affiliate, Markey said that taxpayers spend “unbelievable amounts” keeping dogs off public property.
“Government paid for that peace, quiet and enjoyment for our dogs and our children, but we’re having to cede all that to the irresponsible owners,” he said.
Markey’s bill would give the National Park Service 48 hours to adopt the new designation, though dogs from surrounding communities wouldn’t be able to join them.
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