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Time to leash up
Many letters have been written about whether or not certain breeds of dog should be on a leash in public places.
Though I believe certain breeds are more dangerous than others, I agree with some writers that singling out one particular breed is discriminatory.
In some cases, owners are more responsible for the dog’s behaviour than the dogs themselves. That said, I also believe we are distracted from the the real issue.
Pit bulls, German shepherds, Labs, huskies and, for the sake of argument, poodles. Statistics shows that they can all bite, and that should be the focus of the issue.
Which breed has the most biting shouldn’t play a part in making a decision on the leash issue. If there was only one biting incident, with any of them it would be one too many.
We should not wait for tragedies to strike.
The solution? If you take your dog out of your well-fenced yard, then you must put the leash on it. If you don’t, then you should be heavily fined. It’s that simple.
Bottom line? Be a responsible owner, be respectful to others, use the leash, and shorten the leash to no more than two feet when near other people.
Frank Di Cesare