Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Jan 5, 2008 at 3:08 pm
The Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss dogs off-leash in Pleasanton's parks and trails at the meeting this coming Thursday. The public is always welcome at the meetings, which will be at Council chambers Thursday Jan. 10, at 7:00 pm
Posted by springlyn, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2008 at 10:11 pm
People don't follow the law, I was once standing in front of my driveway with my 1 year old daughter walking towards our house and then two big dogs ran to us unleashed. My 1 year old daughter was in shock and cried. She was standing and I had to pick her up right away. Please watch your dogs!!!!!!!!
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2008 at 6:29 am
I leash my dogs more for their protection than the protection of others. The leash can be used to ward off other aggressive dogs and is a very good way of discouraging stupid humans (including children) from petting your dog even when you've asked that they not do so.
As Officer Fickens has been noted as saying, "In my 35 years of doing this, it's never the dogs that are the problem and always the humans."
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2008 at 5:48 am
I've spoken personally with Officer Fickens about his quote. He means that the MANY issues he and Officer Rush are involved in stem from human beings and irresponsibility. The leash law is just one example!
As for the 2 year old -- didn't see the story. However, did this child know the dog? If not, she should never have approached it. And -- WHERE WERE HER PARENTS?
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2008 at 8:29 am
I understand the thought. It is the same reason why people put their toddlers on a leash, for the protection of the toddler. In this case, I think it is safe to say that leash laws were not invented for the benefit of the dog.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 9, 2008 at 9:47 am
Stacey -- Thank you for the link. I find this comment in the article interesting:
"While the investigation into Sunday's attack is ongoing, Van Wassenhove said that in cases where dogs are present at family gatherings, small children sometimes are viewed as "threatening their territories."
"That is the most likely scenario," Van Wassenhove said. "We don't expect a 20-month-old child to provoke a dog."
Bottom line -- if there was a great deal of churn going on in the house -- people coming and going -- the dog should have been crated for EVERYONE'S safety.
Posted by anaonymous, a resident of the Ruby Hill neighborhood, on Jun 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm
Oh yeah, that's so intelligent... but typical to blame the parents and lable them "lax and lazy" if a child has a disability such as autism, aspergers, bipolar, or any other chemical imbalance or disorder of cognition that prevents them from recognizing common safety measures implemented and enforced by their RESPONSIBLE parents... yeah lets not take genetics into consideration at all when a child is not behaving as expected or as "normally" as other children.
How is it a parent's fault that their child was born with some sort of disorder?
Judgemental people... this type of ignorance only breeds more problems for society. Some dogs and other animals get better treatment and protection than some humans do especially those with mental illness or behavioral issues, and that abuse and blatant disregard is very "anti-human" and disgusts me!
Oh an to the editor, the word is anonymous, "anaonymous".
Posted by Careful DogWalker, a resident of another community, on Oct 31, 2008 at 4:44 pm
Ticketing unleashed dogs can be a good business for a city with an overstaffed and under-productive police department. Newport Beach in Southern California is an example. Animal Control cover school yards and public parks. However, the fully-commissioned and highly paid police officers spend sunset evenings patrolling the Corona del Mar viewpoint knolls above the Pacific Ocean. These knolls have greater revenue potential for the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD)to score a double play of unleashed dog and evening cocktail, better known as PB which stands for pooch-n-beverage. But dogs have the unique sense for retaining security intelligence. In time, the dogs will be able to sniff a NBPD officer before they can approach the knolls. The NBPD will have to find other more worthwhile services to do, or else reduce the bloated staff during California's budget cuts.