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This is a HORRENDOUS idea and cannot believe it's even up for discussion. As an avid dog lover, I understand the desire to watch your dog run free, I get it. However, my former dog was amazingly well trained, under voice control, and great with every person and cat she met, HOWEVER, she did not like other dogs. I cannot tell you how many times I have been out with her on leash to be ambushed by other off leash dogs with their owners several feet behind yelling, "Don't worry, my dog is friendly!" Well Einsteins, how about the dogs that don't LIKE other dogs?? They then get upset when their precious babies are snapped or growled at.
There are big dogs who do amazingly well with other big dogs, but their prey drive is so hight that they may attack small dogs. Then there are dogs who may be frightened by small children and may bite, or worse. I could give a frick if someone has insurance or not. Money does not replace a pet or child who has been mauled, or the emotional distress that an attack or fight causes.
As a dog owner, I stopped taking my dog to a particular mountain preserve because I ran into this issue all too often.
When on hiking trails, several other issues come up. These are trails that are shared by horses, mountain bikers, and pedestrians. It is incredibly dangerous to have a dog off leash, no matter how well behaved, when there are cyclists and horses on the trail. I have seen dogs loose on trails and witnessed a poor mountain biker crashing to avoid colliding with a dog whose owner, once again, was several yards behind while the dog ran up ahead. There are other dangers for the dogs themselves, cactus, coyotes..the list goes on. I do not understand why any responsible dog owner would be "for" this law. I care about the safety and well being of ALL dogs.
This law sends a very bad message. It doesn not promote the welfare of all animals and children.Jan 26, 2012