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Pet Owners As New York To Lift Dog Ban At State Park Beaches

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Thousands of dog owners are asking New York to lift the dog ban at state park beaches. They say waterfront access is critical to the health and wellness of people and their pets, but not everyone agrees; CBS2's Jennifer McLogan reports.

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DANA TYLER: Thousands of dog owners are asking New York to lift the ban at State Park beaches. They say waterfront access is critical to the health and wellness of people and their dogs. But not everybody agrees. CBS 2's Jennifer McLogan reports from Huntington.

GINNY MUNGER KAHN: It drives me crazy that I can't take my dogs to the most important recreational resource on Long Island, its beaches.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Ginny Munger Kahn is counting petitions. 3,600 strong so far, she and her Long Island dog owners group are asking for equal beach rights for their four legged friends.

PEGGY HEIJMEN: We support the parks with our tax dollars, and to be denied access, it's just not right.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: Dogs are banned from New York State Park sand and surf.

MICHAEL KAHN: This is the biggest island in the country, with the most waterfront, and that's the one place we can't go.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: The state says banning dogs from beaches is based on long standing concerns over sanitary issues, impact on native wildlife, uncollected dog waste, aggressive incidents between dogs and beach patrons. But LI Dog does not want to go where sunbathers and swimmers relax. They want a special beach area, away from the crowds.

GINNY MUNGER KAHN: What we're looking for is access to non-lifeguarded beaches and coastal areas or seashore areas that would be appropriate for people with dogs.

- They don't clean up after their dogs. You'll have it everywhere.

- I have no problem with it, as long as he has a scooper with him.

- I don't think anybody's pets should be on the beach.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: The state says in recent years, access for dog owners has been expanded at non-beachfront areas of state parks.

GINNY MUNGER KAHN: Dogs are members of the family. They're furry members.

JENNIFER MCLOGAN: And she believes beach time without family is a wrong that should be righted. From Huntington, Long Island, Jennifer McLogan, CBS 2 News.