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OCC Seeks Public’s Help

The Orange Conservation Commission announces once again that there will be stepped- up enforcement activity in Orange’s Open Spaces by the Animal Control Officer from Milford Animal Control.  Cindy Ruggeri, Chairperson of the Orange Conservation Commission, wants to remind the public using Orange’s Open spaces that there are Local Ordinances requiring that owners of dogs must have their animals leashed and that solid waste left by their dog must be removed by the owner.  She states “there is an increasing number OF instances in our Open Spaces where unleashed dogs are running loose and frightening other users.  This combined with owners failing to clean up after their dogs is detrimental to other people trying to enjoy our beautiful open spaces.”

The stepped- up enforcement activity will include random visits to Orange’s Open Spaces (Wepawaug Conservation Area, Ewen Farm Preserve, Turkey Hill Preserve, Wright’s Pond/Wepawaug Bend, Racebrook Tract, Fred Wolfe Park and Housatonic Overlook & Tucker’s Ridge) by the Animal Control Officer from Milford.  The Officer will cite violators of the Local Ordinances.  Such violators “shall be subject to arrest and prosecution and may be fined an amount not to exceed $100 for each violation.

Users of the Orange Open Spaces are asked to call the Animal Control Officer at 203-783-3279 to report dogs off-leash or owners failing to clean up after their dogs.  It is hoped that with the Public’s help and increased enforcement,  the Open Spaces will once again be enjoyable places to hike for all users.

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