Some want Paris to go to the dogs


Dogs and their owners march toward the Tuileries Gardens in Paris over the weekend in a protest for more parks and transportation for dogs. (Remy de la Mauviniere/Associated Press)

Some people who live in Paris, France, want just a little bit more of their city to go to the dogs.

At least 100 pooches — with owners in tow, holding leashes — marched near the Louvre museum at a demonstration to demand more park space and access to public transportation for four-legged friends.

Tongues and tails wagged Saturday under a warm Paris sun as collies, pugs, boxers, bulldogs, Labradors and other breeds paraded outside the famed Paris museum.

Organizers of the canine-
citizen march, which was called “My Dog, My City,” estimate that about 200,000 dogs live in Paris. They say other cities — such as New York; London, England; Montreal, Canada; and Brussels, Belgium — offer more dog-oriented public spaces.

According to the city’s Web site, two of Paris’s 20 neighborhoods have only one reserved public park space for dogs. Leashes are required.

— Associated Press

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