November 8, 2013

Franklin Dogs, Should They Be Banned?

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Should dogs be banned from farmers market?

franklin dogShould furry friends be allowed at Franklin’s farmers market?

Market board members want to hear opinions from shoppers about whether owners should continue to be allowed to bring leashed dogs to the weekly markets behind The Factory at Franklin.



The board has been struggling with the dog question for a few years, but the number of people voicing concerns has grown this year, said Lisa Tidwell, creative services director for the market.

Since its opening in 2002, the market has allowed dogs. But as the number of people visiting the market each Saturday has grown, so has the number of dogs. Concerns include dogs relieving themselves in the market, safety issues with children, tight crowds and some people who have brought unleashed dogs.

“We’ve gone back and forth about what to do about the dogs and finally decided it would be best to find out how our customers feel about the issue,” said Tidwell. “So we’re asking people to either email us or fill out the survey form at the market for the next three Saturdays and tell us what they think.”

Arguments on both sides have been equally strong.

“It will be an interesting three weeks,” Tidwell said. “Both sides are big on their arguments.”

Comment cards are available during market hours, which are 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, at the information desk in the center of the market. Or people may email

Tidwell said the market board will discuss feedback, concerns and suggestions.

“If people have a suggestion to work around it, we’re open to it,” she said. “We plan to announce our decision in the first week of December.”

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