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Opinion - August 10, 2012


Need to post leash laws

Dear Editor,

Does Pleasanton have a leash law or not? I walk my dogs at the Sports Park all the time, and I always see dogs off leash.

The latest altercation was Sunday, July 29, around 9 a.m. when my friend and I were walking our dogs. A young woman (pony tail, blue sweatshirt and ruder than heck) arrived at the same time with her golden retriever (or yellow lab) off leash with her ball-throwing apparatus. The dog, of course, starting running toward our dogs and the inevitable dog snarling/leash tangling began. We said to her that there are leash laws in Pleasanton and she said, no, not in the Sports Park. I said to her, "This is not a dog park," and she said, "Then your dogs shouldn't be here." She was very unpleasant.

We blew it off and started walking again to get away from her, but she followed behind us. She started getting close again with her dog still off leash so we decided to cut across the grass to the other side. She then purposely threw the ball right at us and her dog came running up to us again. I really got mad this time and this young woman was the rudest person I have ever met. She's lucky I didn't punch her in the nose.

So, city of Pleasanton, I want to know: Are there leash laws or not? And if so, what the heck are they and why aren't they posted?

Linda Jordan


Posted by registered user, mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

The Sports Park is a hotbed of dog criminals. It has been for at least a decade. About ten years ago my wife and I were walking there and a house across the street to the north opened the front door and launched a Rottwieler. That dog began snarling and barking then settled into a 40 mph run --- straight at us.

The occupant of that house called the dog to no effect. I told my wife to continue walking and I turned to face the slobbering beast. I expected to die. At 20 ft., the dog pulled up, shit a big stream and sauntered back toward home. It was two years before the dreams stopped.

I am not being sexist when I observe that the people who accompany offensive dogs are usually fit youngish women. Go figure.

Posted by registered user, mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Get a can of pepper spray. Use it on the person - not the dog.

Posted by Jenna, a resident of Parkside
on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Don't even get me started on unleashed dogs in the Sports Park. I live in Parkside and walk in the park. There are probably more unleashed dogs than leashed ones. I don't even speak to people who have unleashed dogs. It just irks me no end to see dogs running all over, under no control whatsoever. We have leash laws for a reason but some idiots seem to think it applies to everyone but them.
The same goes for the access road along the canal behind Parkside. Almost everyone has their dogs off leash.

Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I have no problems with unleashed dogs in general. The vast majority of them are friendly and are no trouble. However, Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Pit Bulls are another matter.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Aug 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I agree with Sam, to a point. Most off leash dogs are fairly well behaved. However, there are quite few irresponsible dog owners who assume their little (or big) darlings are so damn precious that everyone should tolerate their obnoxious behavior.
It's not the dogs fault, it's their stupid, lazy owners who refuse to follow the law and take their critters to an designated dog park.
So, if anyone is suggesting the law doesn't apply to them, let's meet in the park and you can guess which law I'll be ignoring when your dog confronts me and my dogs. The law applies to everyone equally, even if you think your precious lab, pit bull, ankle biter should be subject to it.