Restrain Douglas dogs

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

I had to laugh when I opened the newspaper. The first article I laid eyes on was "Douglas construction inconveniences some locals" (Juneau Empire, June 1).

It wasn't so much the title of the article that made me laugh, but rather the first two paragraphs.

The fact that someone would come right out and admit to a newspaper reporter that they don't "let their lab run free in the neighborhood lately" shows a blatant disregard for our local dog ordinances. Then to say, "I am worried about her safety," is a complete contradiction to her actions. I feel sorry for her dog.

I've had my share of run-ins with the dogs of Douglas. I've even had a dog that lives on my street come into my own yard, growling at me. I contacted the owner, who claimed she would fix the problem. Yeah right. I've stopped counting the number of times I've seen that dog loose. I've stopped counting the number of times I've had to clean up after someone else's dog ... in my yard. I've stopped counting the number of times I've had to scoot my car around a dog lying in the middle of the street.

I don't mind when owners walk their dogs off their leashes, if the dog is well behaved; you clean up after it; etc.; but it's the responsibility of the owner to take care of these things. I'm a dog owner who is responsible enough to keep her dog in a fenced yard. When we walk, my dog walks on a retractable leash so that she has the ability to do what she wants, yet I can still rein her in when needed.

If you're worried about your dog's safety, keep it tied up or in a fenced yard or at least stay outside with your dog to ensure that it doesn't run out into the street or wander down and mess up someone else's yard.

My friends at Animal Control tell me, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease."

Squeak, Squeak.

Stephanie Masse


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