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Video: Are Dogs Allowed at Los Gatos High School?

This past weekend we saw several canine friends with their owners playing fetch on the campus' spacious front lawn.

"Are dogs allowed on the front lawn of Los Gatos High School?" asked an annoyed jogger this past Sunday as we shot video of several canine friends playing fetch with their owners, off-leash.

A sign is said to have been posted late in December on campus indicating dogs are not allowed on the school's grounds.

We asked Jane Marashian, executive assistant to Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District Superintendent Bob Mistele, about the source of the sign and reasons behind its posting on Sunday, the same day we shot this video, and we're still waiting for an answer.

One of the dog owners featured in this video said he has no choice but to use LGHS' front lawn due to the lack of a dog park in town and few open park spaces for his canine friend to recreate in.

Los Gatos prohibits owners from having their dogs off-leash. Violators can be fined after a second and third warning with a $100 citation for the first offense, $200 for the second and $300 for the third, according to town park service officer Dave Gray.

Robin Streicker January 23, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Leash your dogs, please. This way we can identify you and hand you the bills when your dog bites ours. If you can think of a better way for us to identify the few irresponsibie dog owners out there that are just sure that 1) Their dog is the exception and would NEVER bite or 2) They have comeplete verbal comand and control of their dog and 3) Their dog NEVER gets out. Also, I've paid to put up a front yard fence that it attractive and allows my dog(s) to run from the front yard to the back so there is plenty of room. I also know where the legal dog parks, beaches and trails are in Northern California where I can take my dogs, if they want a longer run. The big thing is though, when I'm in public, my dog(s) are on 4" leads and I have them wrapped around my wrist. I have complete control of mine. Obviously, there are other dog owners out there that do not have control of there's. It doesn't matter if it's one or one hudred. Not when it's your dog that's being btten or God forbid, your child. This isn't brain science. Lease your dog when you on public property.
Kim Daly January 31, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Hey Sheila! Since the posting of your article, I noticed last week the signs at the high school are down? Vandalism? Sherlock Bones needs to know....!
Sheila Sanchez January 31, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Hi Kim, I'm still waiting for the district to answer my question about the signs. It's a difficult topic for everyone. As you can imagine, who wants to be considered dog-unfriendly, but then again who wants to openly advocate dogs off-leash all over town? Town code states: No person, with the exception of persons who are blind, deaf or physically disabled, as provided by Penal Code section 365.5, having the control of care of any dog shall suffer or permit such dog to enter or remain in a park, unless posted for such use, and then only if it is led by a leash of suitable strength not more than six (6) feet in length; and the owner and the attendant shall be responsible for any damage caused, in any event, by such dog, even if on leash.
Vikki Foley January 31, 2013 at 07:44 AM
David-The town has already formally debated this issue and the overwhelming majority of the citizens do not want dogs off leash in public areas. http://losgatos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=993&meta_id=107740 My dog was attacked last week twice by the same dog in front of Whole Foods just 20 minutes apart because of an irresponsible owner, who then ran away with her viscous dog. For the comfort and safety of others please be respectful and keep your dog on a leash! Park Rangers and police are coming out.
Kim Daly January 31, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I was nearly attacked the other day by a German Shepherd who is trained for protection. He was on a 10' lead, typically he is walked on a retractable. I have known the dog since he was a puppy, but once the protection training began his drive and behavior changed drastically. The dog clearly should not be walked without a muzzle, as he is dog and people aggressive due to the training.

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