Twenty years ago, a slice of Long Beach’s waterfront went to the dogs — and that, local resident Justin Rudd said, is a reason to celebrate.

“HISTORY WAS MADE when, for the first time in more than 30 years, dogs were permitted to play on a Long Beach city beach on Sun., June 24, 2001, despite complaints from nearby residents that the pooches would leave a mess behind when the day was done,” Rudd said on Facebook. “In order to both comply and defy existing ordinances banning unleashed dogs, the city allowed some K-9 freedom on the beach in what was called a ‘special event’ to qualify for the one-time status.”

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