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Dog laws unleashed

Original post made on Jan 5, 2008

While the subject of Pleasanton's dog leash law can inspire debate among local residents--dog owners or not--the ordinance is actually pretty clear.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 4, 2008, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by Kurt Kummer, a resident of Highland Oaks
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 Vintage Hills Elementary School
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 Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 6, 2008 at 10:29 pm

I agree with Springlyn. You may know your dog doesn't bite, your dog may know it doesn't bite but I don't know it doesn't bite.

Was walking in a park one afternoon when a very small dog came running at me with the owner calling out, "She won't bite." It bit me on the ankle - that hurts!!!!


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Birdland
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."

Bravo Roy!


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Thank you Anonymous for giving me the opening to write this response:

Your anti-children, anti-human attitude and pro-dog comments demonstrates exactly why Officer Fickens made his statement. I don't expect you to get it!!!!

Keep your dog on a leash because he better not run up to me when I'm with my grandchild!


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Hey Frank -- Let's hope your grandchild isn't one who insists on petting my dogs when I've told the child no.

I am not anti-children, nor anti-human. I just expect both to act with a higer level of intelligence they claim to have over animals.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm

CORRECTED POST

Hey Frank -- Let's hope your grandchild isn't one who insists on petting my dogs when I've told the child no.

I am not anti-children, nor anti-human. I just expect both to act with the higher level of intelligence they claim to have over animals.


Posted by Shelley, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 8, 2008 at 5:30 pm

"In my 35 years of doing this, it's never the dogs that are the problem and always the humans."
Yeah, because the dogs can't leash themselves...

I think he meant to say "pet owner" in place of "humans."


Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm

That's right Shelley. He doesn't get it. It's the pet owners who are the problem, obviously, and that's what Roy meant. Bravo Roy!

Hey, Anonymous, what did the two year old in San Jose recently do to get her lip bit off? You imply that kid's get bit because it's their fault. Ridiculous!!!


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Birdland
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 Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 9, 2008 at 7:37 am

Web Link

It wasn't a 2 year old, but a 20 month old.


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
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 Amber, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jan 9, 2008 at 8:53 am

Putting children on leashes is the most pathetic thing ever. I hate that when I see it.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Birdland
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 Anonymous, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 9, 2008 at 9:49 am

Regarding children on leashes -- When I see that two things cross my mind:

1) You have a lax/lazy parent or
2) The child is somewhat unmanageable -- which again goes back (often times) to Item #1.


Posted by Fred, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Regarding children on leases -- obviously you do not have twins!


Posted by anaonymous, a resident of Ruby Hill
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.