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Dog Beach muzzled in Rancho Palos Verdes


After just two months of giving dogs free run of a beach in Rancho Palos Verdes, the city has killed the pilot program.

Concerned citizens, dog lovers, scientists and environmental activists showed up a Rancho Palos Verdes City Council meeting Tuesday to voice their opinion on the dog beach, which quickly became a destination for canine owners.

But in the end, the council voted to shut down the short-lived dog beach out of environmental and financial concerns.

The program had drawn criticism from residents and the Trump National Golf Club.

Opponents packed the City Council meeting Tuesday to voice their disapproval of the dog beach.

"There are a lot of pit bulls and aggressive breeds," one woman said.

Another resident said that even when owners clean up after their dogs, they don't always dispose of it properly.

"I've seen many dog bags just thrown into the bushes," said Oliver Hazard, a resident.

The Trump club sits just above the beach, and was firmly opposed to the dog beach pilot program. "Sometimes it's just a bad perception on our business," a spokeswoman said.

"I mean, we are a golf course,” she said. “We should not be a gateway to a dog beach."


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