Restrain dogs

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2004

I would like to urge all dog owners to keep their dogs in their fence, yard or on leashes at all times. The other night, my son was throwing a tennis ball back and forth with his friend in the street. He threw the ball and it landed in the ditch. While his friend went to retrieve the ball, a dog that my son knew came up to my son. My son was gently petting the dog on his back, when the dog suddenly jumped up and growled and bit my son in the face.

At first my main concern was if the dog was up-to-date on his shots. Luckily, the dog had all his shots, including rabies. The next thing that ran through my mind was the ongoing problem in this neighborhood; most dog owners let their dogs run without a leash. And with so many children who play outside, most of us parents are concerned about the dogs wearing no leashes.

It is sad that it takes something this traumatizing to happen for dog owners to realize that their dogs need to be tied up or on a leash at all times. A lot of dog owners don't think their own dogs are capable of biting anyone, but no matter how small, large or nice the dogs may seem, they are all capable of biting anyone.

We have many children and disabled elderly people on our street. It took this incident to happen to my child for me to speak up. We all need to look out for each other. We are all important in this society, especially our children. It would be nice to see all dog owners take full responsibility for their pets and obey the law. We all want to feel free and not intimidated when walking on the streets. We shouldn't have to feel more scared of dogs than bears. Chain up your pet so you won't regret.

Kim Schimanski

Juneau



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