It was a packed house for a public meeting Tuesday night in historic South Seminole Heights where residents debated the merits and problems of a potential dog park.

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Tampa, Florida -- "It would be a great place for a dog park," said one resident.

"At the moment, I wouldn't support a dog park," said another.

Passion and poison for a dog park, and it didn't take long before the fur started to fly.

"Hey! One second! He is not just a dog! I love him!," shouted Mauricio Rosas, taking offense at a woman comments that pets aren't people.

It was a packed house for a public meeting Tuesday night in historic South Seminole Heights. Resident after resident stepped up to say they want no bark in the park, and their opinions were firm.

It was a packed house for a public meeting Tuesday night in historic South Seminole Heights where residents debated the merits and problems of a potential dog park.

"I'm avidly opposed to the dog park."

"It will add to traffic, it will add to parking problem, it will add to noise. I am very opposed to this."

"I've got a big problem with a dog park at Rivercrest Park."

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The ire is over a 31,000 square foot dog park proposed for Rivercrest Park, and the environmental danger to the Hillsborough River from dog waste is a big concern.

"That waste is going to sit, it's going to rain and it's going to run off into the river -- that's just the natural progression of this park."

Property values, parking, child safety and civic waste were also big issues.

"Some neighbors are for it, some are against it. 'So thumbs up or down sir?' Again, we don't have full support so right now we're not going forward with the request," said John Allen from Tampa Parks and Recreation, who will make the final decision.

But even Steven Lytle, who represents the dog park push, admits it isn't likely.

"So we'll work with the city to see if we can get a dog park built on the west side of 275," said Lytle.

If you are interested in trying to start a dog park in your neighborhood, dogchannel.com recommends taking the 7 steps below:

1. Organize. Dog owners need to band together.

2. Find a friend. There is power in numbers.

3. Figuring out the funding. It takes money to build and maintain a dog park.

4. Find a good location.

5. Get ready for the opposition.

6. Sell the positives.

7. Promise to stay involved.

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