CHEEKTOWAGA, NY-- They are man's best friend, but in Cheektowaga, the town board is only now considering letting dogs walk on leashes in town parks.
A long standing law prohibits dogs, even those leashed by their owners, from being walked in town parks.
Monday night, lots of residents came out to the public hearing as officials on the board heard both sides of the issue.
Some people want it to be legal, and others fear owners will not clean up after their pets and it might disrupt nature trails.
Kevin Lynch told us, "Dogs these days are as much a part of the family as children are, I believe they should be a part of family activities, including soccer games with kids."
One resident we spoke to recently says Cheektowaga with a population of 94,000 is the only major town in Western New York with such a law in all of its parks.
A decision by the board should be make within two weeks.