Santa Fe Police warn against bringing dogs to city events

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe officials are leaving a message for residents: leave your pets at home for city events. Despite a dog banning ordinance, people continue to bring them to events.

For many, their dog is a constant companion, but Santa Fe is reminding residents you can’t take your dog everywhere. They’re not allowed at city events like concerts, arts and crafts markets and Zozobra.

The Police Department says it is a safety issue.

“At these events, there’s a lot of children, there’s food vendors, and we just don’t want to have any problems with animals with other animals, animals with people,” said Lt. Andrea Dobyns of the Santa Fe Police Department.

Dog owners are upset about the rule.

“It just means I’m less likely to go to the event. When I think about going downtown and walking around the dogs are part of that,” said Santa Fe Resident Aaron Pearls.

Many others we spoke to Friday support the rule, saying dogs have no place at big crowded events.

“I don’t think they should be able to bring their dogs everywhere. They should be considerate of everyone, not everyone wants dogs around them. Some people are afraid of dogs,” said Santa Fe Resident Pat Kleinschmidt.

“Dogs, they bark at each other, they fight. If it’s Zozobra, there’s fireworks, fire, it’s a temperament thing,” said Santa Fe Resident Matthew Ellis.

Many dog lovers say if dogs can attend or not should depend on the specific dog.

Pearls said, “I feel like if they have the appropriate licenses, they’re current on their tags, they should be fine.”

Santa Fe police say dogs will be turned away at upcoming events, except two events where they’re allowed: the Pet Parade and the Historical Parade. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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