This Survey Says Milwaukee Is the Worst City to be a Dog

This is rough, but we have some concerns about the data.

Bad news. Milwaukee is ranked dead last on this study of the best American cities to be a dog.

Seriously dead last — we got beat out by Louisville and Detroit, and we weren’t even close to Tampa, Orlando, and Las Vegas, the top three.

Honest Paws, a company that makes CBD products for pets (which is kinda amusing), put together the study by grouping nine factors: pet-friendly restaurants, breweries, hotels, beaches, rentals, dog parks, veterinarians and hiking trails per 100,000 people. And then whether or not the state had a breed-specific legislation ban, which means a ban on legislation that discriminates against a specific breed of dog, usually pitbulls and rottweilers. If the city did have that ban, it got a higher rating.

 

 

Weighing each of those factors, they came up with a final score for the city.

Tampa secured its top spot with a score of 43.01.

And Milwaukee?

7.23.

Ouch.

Citing the city’s low number of veterinarians and dog parks, as well as a lack of breed-specific legislation bans, Honest Paws dropped us to the bottom.

But there’s reason to be suspicious.

According to the study, Milwaukee only has three veterinarians and three dog parks. A look at Yelp or the Yellow Pages shows that we have more than three veterinarians. The number is closer to ten. The study pulled that info from “BringFido,” a dog travel directory website, and it appears as though it’s not correct. 

Also, according to the county website, we have four off-leash dog parks, not three. So with those faults in hand, it looks like Milwaukee might actually not be nearly as bad as this study says. 

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Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.