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No dogs allowed on Phoenix trails in blazing heat

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When the temperature spikes, Phoenix trails will stay open for man but not for man's best friend.

City leaders on Thursday rejected a proposal to prohibit people from hiking in extreme heat. But they approved banning dogs from the city's 41 trailheads when the temperature climbs to 100 degrees.

The ban is a first for Phoenix, at least in modern times.

It took effect Friday.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department was looking for ways to improve trail safety following several rescues and at least one death within city limits.

But agency spokesman James Ritter says that after strong objections to the proposed hiking ban, the department's board passed just the dog portion of the proposal as a compromise.

Ritter says the humane society is on board with the dog ban.

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