(Apple Valley)–Now in its fifth season, crowds at the popular Sunset Concert Series in Apple Valley have skyrocketed this year. Upwards of 1,500 people each week are enjoying live music and good friends. However, the number of pets accompanying their owners has also increased.
Even the best dogs can be unpredictable among big crowds and loud noises. Faced with increasing complaints ranging from excessive friendliness to whining to overlooked pet messes, pets will no longer be allowed at the concerts.
“It’s a health and safety issue as well,” explained Kathie Martin, Marketing and Public Affairs Officer. “By law all dogs in public are required to be licensed and vaccinated, and we have no way to check that. We don’t want to risk the health of the animals.”
Beginning Thursday, July 28, concert-goers are asked to leave their pets at home. Staff will consider this week a grace period and not turn anyone away. However, on August 4, all pets will be required to remain outside of the sidewalk perimeter around the grass amphitheater.
“We are spreading the word via social and traditional media, and will hand out flyers at Thursday’s event,” said Martin. “We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of our concert-goers.”
July 28 will feature the Working Poets, a classic rock/oldies group. Based in Apple Valley, they have played more than 400 shows all over Southern California since forming just four years ago.
For questions, people may contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (760)240-7000 x 7070.