ROY -- The city council may ban dogs from Meadow Creek Pond Park if dog owners don't watch their animals more closely and keep them leashed.
Mayor Joe Ritchie brought the issue to the council Tuesday night after several reports of owners taking their dogs off leash and letting them chase the wildlife in and around the pond.
"They are reacting in a ferocious manner," Ritchie said. Dogs are running at home-owners' fences where other dogs are behind the fence and damaging the fences.
"I'm wondering if we need to make that a dog-free area," Ritchie said.
The park is used for fishing by families, and other wildlife, such as ducks and geese, visits the area.
Councilman Willard Cragun said there is a state law that says that dogs cannot be turned loose when there is wildlife in the area.
"If there is a law, we need to post a sign," Cragun said. He believes if dogs can't be kept on a leash, they should not be allowed in the area.
"Anytime someone turns a dog off a leash, it is a hazard to the area," Councilman Brad Hilton said.
Meadow Creek Pond is at approximately 5300 S. 4275 West, just blocks from the city's official dog park at 5700 S. 3260 West.
"We do have a dog park where the dogs can run off leash," said Councilman Dave Tafoya. He suggested that residents need to be encouraged to use that park and for residents with dogs to avoid Meadow Creek Pond so families can safely fish and enjoy wildlife there.
"Most people forgot we did build it," he said of the dog park, which has 3-foot and 6-foot fenced areas and can be entered through a gate. There are bags for waste removal around the park and also dog water fountains.
Ritchie plans to work with City Manager Chris Davis to devise a plan or ordinance to stop the dog problem at Meadow Creek Pond.
"I wanted to get council feedback, although I knew you wouldn't like what was going on there," Ritchie said. He will have some sort of plan, ordinance or agreement for allowing dogs in that park in the next month.