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Letter: Animal Services should cite dog owners

Original post made on Jan 22, 2008

Dear Editor,

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 18, 2008, 12:00 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by Linda Scanlin, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 22, 2008 at 10:33 am

I agree with Marlene Baca that in posted "on-leash" areas, owners should keep their dogs leashed. I understand that some dog owners like to let their dogs run free... it makes them so happy! However, here is the problem: If your dog is off-leash and you do not have COMPLETE voice control over your dog, it can go running up to a dog that is leashed, and cause a possible fight between the two dogs. In a situation such as this, the dog that is on-leash is put on the defensive. If one or both of the dogs is dog-aggressive, this could lead to a fight, and injury to both dogs and possibly to their owners. Please think about this as you let your dog off-leash in "on-leash" spots. Take your dog to the Pleasanton Ridge for a hike off-leash, or to the dog park on Muirwood.

Posted by Anonymous Dog Mom, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I never walk my dogs off lead. Nor do I ever go out without a Ziploc of ground pepper in my pocket. Between a long leather dog lead to use as a whip and pepper to throw in the face of an approaching dog, I feel well prepared. My steps will certainly enable me to file litigation against not only an "off-leash" dog owner who has an animal that picks a fight with mine, but also against the City of Pleasanton for not enforcing the law.

Posted by Mark, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2008 at 4:40 pm

One courtesy notice should be the limit. Why do Pleasanton police bend over backwards for the person breaking the law? I know about numerous similar incidents.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Mace the irresponsible dog owner for about 30 minutes non-stop. Give the dog a treat; the problem is the irresponsible owner. As for any enforcement of the leash law, don't hold your breath!

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