Montreal

Hudson rolls back dog ban on Sandy Beach, introduces pet-friendly hours

Dogs will be allowed on the beach on-leash before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. from May 1 to October 1.

The beach was completely closed to dogs after a man was bitten in July

People will be able to access the beach and its surrounding trails before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. (CBC)

The town of Hudson is back to allowing dogs on Sandy Beach after they were temporarily banned following a biting incident last month.

The town council voted unanimously in favour of letting dogs return to the beach and its surrounding trails, but only during certain times.

The shore overlooking Lac-Des-Deux-Montagnes used to be very popular with dog owners, until all pets were temporarily banned after a man was bitten July 11.

Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls told CBC's Homerun that the town council had consulted with users of the beach and come up with a solution he hopes everyone can agree on.

Dogs will be allowed on the beach on-leash before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. from May 1 to October 1.

Mayor Jamie Nicholls said he hopes dog owners and other users of the beach will be able to live with the compromise. (CBC)

Nicholls said the temporary ban was "a response to a growing problem on the beach," not just the one incident.

The situation at the beach had gotten out of hand in recent months, he said, with as many as 30 dogs on the beach at once during peak times.

While residents were "obviously disappointed on finding out they weren't able to access [the beach] with their dog," Nicholls said the new plan was born out of input from local dog-owners.

Currently, the local bylaw enforcement officers have been monitoring the beach to make sure no one contravenes the rules. He said that will continue during hours when the restriction is in place, namely "the time that families are using the beach the most."

With files from CBC Homerun