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'Dog beach' pilot program is put down

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An experiment in dog-on-beach action has ended in Rancho Palos Verdes. The RPV City Council killed the year-long dog beach pilot program in a 3-1 vote late Tuesday, citing financial and environmental concerns.

The program was embraced by canine enthusiasts, but others were not pleased with the state of the 5-acre beach located below the Ocean Trails Reserve and Trump's National Golf Course, said the Daily Breeze.

The program was approved on Feb. 21, but news of the proposed dog beach drew throngs of dog owners to the area, which in turn prompted complaints from area residents and businesses, including the Trump National Golf Club.

Several residents speaking at the meeting said the beach was "out of control." Heal the Bay and other opponents said the dogs were urinating and defacating in the local tide pools.

Those looking get sandy with their pups will have to stick to Long Beach and Malibu.

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