The Tosa Farmers Market has instituted an immediate ban on dogs from the marketplace following a few incidents of dogs fighting each other.
Two dogs have been injured in separate encounters, market manager Becca Kitelinger said.
She said the policy was needed for the safety of customers, vendors, and the dogs themselves. No people have been injured.
Kitelinger would not describe the incidents.
"We really really had to put this in place," she said of the ban. "It's a safety issue for eveybody involved. We don't want anybody to get hurt, puppies included."
The market had recently instituted a dog policy requiring the animals to be kept on short leashes, together with other common-sense considerations such as cleaning up immediately after dogs and keeping them away from produce tables. The policy was available on the market web site and was passed out at the market.
"We were working on some signage, actually — ironically — to put up as well, but we've put that on hold now that we decided to institute the ban," she said.
Kitelinger said the market was publicizing the ban online and in other ways. Those who arrive at market with dogs will be asked to take the dogs away.
In related news, Kitelinger, who is in her third season as manager, is leaving the position. A new market manager — Katie Hassemer — was hired to fill the position.
- Name revealed of new female giraffe at Milwaukee Co. Zoo
- State Street road work may be the biggest headache this year in Wauwatosa (1)
- Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa this week
- Wauwatosa law enforcement honors fallen officers during national bike tour (1)
- Wauwatosa alderman calls 1979 parking ordinance 'nitpicky,' looks for change (11)
- Wauwatosa Meetings: May 26
- Wauwatosa News IQ: May 26
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: Why are left-turn signals different at different times?
- Tosa school libraries gear up for fall introduction of 'makerspaces'
- Tosa West's We the People team reflects on nationals, yearly successes