Letter to the Editor: Dog owners on Legacy Trail need to get it together | SierraSun.com

Letter to the Editor: Dog owners on Legacy Trail need to get it together

If your dog has a history of being aggressive toward people or other dogs, you shouldnand#8217;t take them to the Legacy Trail. If you do, your dog needs to be on a leash the entire time. It seems ridiculous to have to state what most dog owners would consider common sense, but last week my dog and I had three encounters with aggressive dogs in four days.

Last Tuesday I was running with my dog, Pancho, when another dog named Jenny quickly came around a corner, stopped right in front of me, bared her teeth and began barking. Her owners were right behind her, said, and#8220;No, Jenny,and#8221; and kept on walking.

On Wednesday, I was throwing a stick for Pancho in the river when a dog named Leroy swam from the north side of the river to the south side where Pancho and I were. After I threw the stick, Leroy retrieved it and came back to the south side. When my dog approached Leroy, Leroy lost it and bit the back of my dogand#8217;s neck.

On Friday morning, I was running with my dog and met a woman with a golden retriever and spaniel on the disc golf course. I greeted the woman and shortly after her retriever charged my dog, snarling and baring its teeth.

Dog owners on the Legacy Trail need to get it together or it will only be a matter of time before a dog or person is seriously hurt. This unfortunate outcome will then most likely result in a strict leash law on the Legacy Trail. And as is often the case, it will be because a small percentage of the population couldnand#8217;t handle the responsibility that comes with freedom.

Geoff Quine


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