Hudson allows dogs back on Sandy Beach, part-time

Hudson town council voted Monday to turn a temporary outright dog ban into a permanent part-time ban.

Last month council voted in favour of banning dogs from the popular Sandy Beach after a man was bitten by a dog on a leash that escaped from its owner.

Beachgoers had already started to complain about the increasingly high number of dogs on the beach, the bite was simply the last straw.

After the temporary ban went into place Mayor Jamie Nicholls said it was implemented to send a message that the situation was out of control.

Discussions with local dog-owners and other citizens led the town council allowing dogs back onto the beach, but only during certain times.

The new by-law now allows dogs on a leash on the beach before 9:00 A.M. and after 5:00 P.M. from May 1 to October 1.