Dogs and Pets at Public Events

Resolution 2016-44 allowing only service animals at city-sponsored events

Hot pavement, crowds, and other dogs can impact pet safety and well-being at public events. Effective with the passing of Resolution 2016-44 in June 2016, the City is requiring event attendees to leave pets at home to provide a safer and more positive experience for all attendees – including those pets. Service animals are allowed to accompany their owners at all Lafayette events.

Increasing attendance numbers at Lafayette public events have caused a rise in complaints about dogs and other pet related issues. The Humane Society advises that hot, crowded events where other dogs and food are present can be stressful and may not be beneficial for a dog's mental or physical state of well-being. Additionally, some children and adults are afraid of dogs and do not like being in such close proximity to them. Leashed dogs can cause problems when event attendees become entangled, and can be especially troubling for the elderly, as well as wheel chair and walker users.

City-sponsored events include but are not limited to:

  • Lafayette Quaker Oatmeal Festival*
  • Celebrate 4th of July
  • Art Night Out
  • Lafayette Farmers Market
  • Summer Concert Series
  • Waneka Movie Nights
  • Lafayette Peach Festival
  • Lafayette Brew Fest
  • Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt

* For the Oatmeal Festival 5K: Leashed dogs under control of their owners may participate in the race.

dog on leash