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Opinion - January 18, 2008

Letter: Animal Services should cite dog owners

Dear Editor,

I am a dog owner and always walk my lhasa apso at the Tennis Park on Hopyard.

My dog is always on a leash when we walk. On several occasions I have had

encountered the same woman with two dogs (one big dog and a small dog) who never has her dogs on a leash. Twice her dogs have chased me and my dog thru the park. Twice I have called animal services and complained about her off leash dogs. Twice animal services has given her a courtesy notice instead of citing her the for the second offense.

There is clearly a notice posted at the park at both ends--however, for some reason several dog owners feel they don't need to obey it. If there is a city code for dogs off leash, and owners are reported then they should be given a citation. Animal Services needs to get tough on these citations instead of issuing courtesy notices which mean nothing. If a person runs a stop sign, they are given a ticket the same should hold for dog owners whose dogs are off leash and chasing people and dogs thru the park. If you want people to take this seriously then enforce the code and issue citations on the first offense.

Marlene Baca



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!