Original post made
on Jan 22, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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!