Ocean Springs wants city to allow dogs on bridge

Ocean Springs wants city to allow dogs on bridge
K.C. Arnold presented her request at the Ocean Springs Board of Alderman meeting Tuesday. (Photo source: WLOX)
K.C. Arnold presented her request at the Ocean Springs Board of Alderman meeting Tuesday. (Photo source: WLOX)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs woman is asking city leaders to remove the no dog signs on the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge.

The bridge is a popular place to walk or run, but after a woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in November, safety has become a concern for many women like K.C. Arnold.

"I truly believe that running with my animal at the time I do, at 5:30 in the morning, I feel the safest with my dog," said Arnold.

She's asking the board of aldermen to consider her request to allow dogs on the bridge again.

"Clearly the board listened and they are always willing to listen to all citizens," said Mayor Moran. "We've had a lot of feedback, mostly 80 percent against having dogs on the bridge simply because we're just not ensured that people will pick up after their pets."

Mayor Moran says in the past, dog feces became a big issue. And while she understands having a dog would make some people feel safer, city leaders have been working on other ways to improve safety on the bridge.

"We are looking at having cameras posted on either end of the pathway on the bridge which would probably be even more of a deterrent than allowing dogs back on the bridge," said Mayor Moran.

Moran said the city still has not received a price quote on buying and installing cameras, but those who use the bridge should continue to be vigilant when they are alone.

"Everyone should use caution or bring pepper spray or not go alone late at night when there's fewer people on the bridge. Just to use your caution and good sense," said Mayor Moran.

The board did not take any action on Arnold's request at the meeting. Mayor Moran said they will discuss her request to have the sign removed in the future.

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