Letter to the editor 2, June 13, 2019

Sandy Dog Beach

Dear Editor,

In enjoying the first nice weekend of the season, I visited a friend in Hudson and we went for a walk to survey the Sandy Beach shoreline now that the floodwaters are receding. While we weren’t surprised to see many people out enjoying the sunshine, we were surprised to see a number of canine companions, both on and off leash, many of them swimming in the water.

I’m a dog owner myself, but one who can read. The signs at the entrance to the beach clearly indicate that dogs are not permitted past that point between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. between May 1st and October 1st. This, my friend explained, after it was decided too many dog owners were flouting the rules and a resident was bitten last summer.

Hudson community patrol vehicles were on hand to enforce parking restrictions but nothing was said about the number of dogs running around the beach.

Is there only enough money in Hudson’s budget to enforce one by-law at a time?

What a shame for law-abiding Hudson dog owners.

James M. Callum

Île-Perrot

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