Dogs banned from Big Four Bridge


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 11:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – What dogs were dropping and people were leaving behind now has the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge off limits to pets.

“It stinks. It really does,” Kelly Moore, who has labs she likes to bring to the bridge, said. “I hate that just a handful of people that are responsible for that to make the rest of us not be able to bring our dogs.”

Crews were having to deal with the droppings daily; as well as the disgusting side effects.

“Some of the crew pointed out that people would step in it and then they would rub it off their foot on different sections of the bridge,” David Karem of the Waterfront Development Corp. said.

It’s an unexpected problem that cropped up the very day the Big Four opened. Pet owners, for whatever reason, failed to clean up.

“I don’t think it’s that they couldn’t figure it out,” Moore said, “They just chose to ignore it.”

The Waterfront Development Corp. tried to educate people, even putting a sign over the entrance to the bridge. “To some degree it got a little better,” Karem said, “But, it has never stopped.”

The community weighed inundated the group with complaints.

“Probably had over 150 phone and emails and way more than that on Facebook and some of the social media,” Karem said.

So, the board voted and unanimously decided, pets are welcome on all 85 acres of the Waterfront, except the Big Four Bridge. “I can understand where they’re coming from,” Moore said, “They can’t have someone on patrol 24 hours a day and it’s not right for the people that are trying to walk because we’ve run across it before too.”