The Dubuque City Council voted against allowing pets in city parks in its first vote on the issue.
Council members voted 5-1 against the idea on Monday. The issue is expected to return for more consideration on March 18.
Council member Kevin Lynch says letting people take their dogs and other pets into parks would make the parks less safe for other people.
In December the city Parks and Recreation Commission voted its support for allowing leashed pets in all but a few city parks.
Council member Joyce Connors says she understands why some people support changing the city ordinance so pets could go into parks, but she says "the safety thing" wouldn't let go of her, so she voted against the proposal.