TULSA - The decision has been made to ban dogs at the popular Cherry Street Farmer's Market in Tulsa, and so far, board members say the reaction has been mostly positive.
Rick Miller, a member of that board and a vendor, tells KRMG that they had debated the decision for a long time before deciding to institute the ban.
The straw that broke the camel's back was an incident on this year's opening day, in which a woman was badly bitten by a dog.
The dog's owner, who had two other dogs with him as well, reportedly didn't stick around.
But there have been other problems.
Miller says many owners fail to clean up after their dogs, and feces in the street is not conducive to good health -- or food sales.
Another problem is simply crowding.
Last year, he says, an elderly woman using a can was tripped by a small dog whose owner wasn't paying attention.
Miller says the reaction from their patrons has been about 80 percent positive, with about half of those favorable responses coming from people who own dogs.
KRMG reached out to the Judy Pieto, who coordinates the Farmer's Market in Broken Arrow.
She says they have no plans to ban dogs there, because they haven't become problematic.
But, she adds, it's something they will consider if they start having problems.