I am writing in response to the person who wrote the letter in last week’s Town Crier complaining about the leash law.
The key word is “law.” The law isn’t arbitrary, ambiguous or open to interpretation. You can’t choose which laws you will obey and which ones you won’t.
Do you choose to stop at a red light, or do you go through it if it interferes with the enjoyment of driving?
How do your choices affect other people? Ask the paramedics how many people have been bitten by unleashed dogs.
One of my rescued ARF dogs has been badly injured trying to defend herself against a dog that was running free and trying to attack my dogs through our fence.
There are numerous examples of bad things happening to good dogs who have not been on leashes:
- The unleashed dog runs off and is never found by its owner.
- The unleashed dog is attacked by a pack of coyotes.
- The unleashed dog is mauled by another unleashed dog.
Why take such chances with a pet who is loved and cared for?
Leash laws exist for a reason — the protection of you, your animals and others using public areas.
If one does not like a law, there are avenues available for trying to change it. The answer is not willful disobedience.