Members of the Cabot Parks and Recreation Commision voted at the Aug. 21 meeting to prohibit dogs from the city’s sports complexes. The vote came after Cabot Softball Association president Rose Easter voiced concerns of safety for those attending events, and the possibility of liability for injuries.

Easter said leashes did not sufficiently control dogs, protect people or prevent disruptions. She cited a number of instances of roaming dogs creating potentially dangerous situations or disrupting games; one dog repeatedly chased balls that were in play.

"He wanted to play, too," Easter said.

After discussion, the Commissioners voted to restrict dogs, except for service dogs, from sports complex areas, but left unchanged permitting leashed dogs in open park areas. The restriction goes into effect immediately.