I was not surprised to read that Romeo had snatched a pet and ran off with it (April 4 Juneau Empire).
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I feel bad for that poor dog because its owner was irresponsible and did not abide by the leash law. I've noticed there are a lot of irresponsible pet owners around town. That pet owner deserved losing the dog for not abiding the law, however, no pet deserves to suffer due to its owner's idiocy.
If people insist on having pets, they should do right by them and leash them. They should be responsible, not for their own sake, but for their pet and everyone else's. Leash them.
Heck, since I am asking for the impossible, I might as well go all out and ask owners to pick up after their pets while they're at it.