Dog Owners in Cheektowaga Seek to Change Law

October 5, 2010 Updated Oct 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

October 5, 2010 Updated Oct 5, 2010 at 8:45 AM EDT

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (WKBW) - Nearly fifty people came out to show support at the Town Board meeting Monday night seeking more access for dog owners.

A 1965 law prohibits dogs in all town parks in the Town of Cheektowaga. Though recently officials have opened two sites for dogs, for many, it means they must travel a long way to access the dog-friendly areas.

Cheektowaga has hundreds of acres of park land. Most is in a few large parks, however there are many small parks in pocket neighborhoods. This forces some residents to leave town to take their dog for a walk.

"So we put her in the car, drive many miles in order to walk in a park with her. We'd like to walk her close to home in our town where we live," said one resident.

Though no action was taken regarding the law at Monday's meeting, town officials indicated that they would be open to moving forward with the idea of possibly lifting the ban.