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LMO UPDATE FROM AIRPORT MANAGER
DOGS ON AIRPORT PROPERTY
January 26, 2011
Lately, I have been receiving some comments and complaints from Airport tenants about the number of dogs running loosely around the Airport and the hazards they are creating and could create to a taxing aircraft or an aircraft that is taking off or landing. To be clear, the Longmont Municipal Code specifically states that all dogs must be leashed on City owned property except for City owned dog parks.
It is dangerous to have dogs running around the airport off-leash. It is only a matter of time until an off-leash dog runs across the runway or taxiway and causes an incident or accident. Even on the taxiway at low speed, a propeller strike will cause a very expensive engine teardown; at takeoff or landing speed, a fatal accident is very possible (as only one possible example out of hundreds.)
As Airport Manager, I understand dog owners will be upset with this policy and claim that their dogs are well behaved and “under voice control.” That’s what dog owners always say, and then after a bite or accident the dog owner says, “the dog never did that before.”
There is an off-leash Dog Park less than 100 yards from the north Airport entrance where you can let your dog roam free. The Dog Park is the place to have dogs running around, not the airport.
As Airport Manager I am all in favor of having the Airport be a friendly, pleasant place. Having dogs leashed and under control adds to that, for everyone involved, rather than detracting from it.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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