Letter to the editor 3, Sept. 21, 2017

Responsible dog ownership

Dear Editor,

Unfortunately for me, I am nervous of dogs. I am in my late 60s and sometimes take a chair and lunch to a public park in Baie D’Urfé.

Two weeks ago I was about to get out of my car when I saw a man with a medium size dog running loose, so I waited in my car, hoping he would leave. This man saw me looking and shouted "Why are you looking?"

I explained politely my predicament but said it was okay and I would wait until his dog had his run. The man said it was a good dog (which I'm sure it is). I then said that I would prefer if the dog was on a leash which I thought was law in a public place. I then received verbal abuse and threatening gestures. Shortly after, he left whilst shouting at me.

The reason for me telling all of this is to say I'm sure there are some wonderful dogs who bring their owners great joy, companionship and happiness. They just bring me fear. I would be so happy if when the dogs are not in their homes that they would all be tethered. I cannot even go for a walk without being nervous, which I know is my problem but please, dog owners, think of others.

Jan Webb


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