Unleashed dogs can be terrifying for many people


Re: "Offleash complainers must be pretty important," Letters.

Letter-writer Lori Yonin believes that about two dozen people in our city “have the resources of the RCMP, city bylaw officers and the parks department.” She is dead wrong.

She says that, because “only” a few dozen people have complained about off-leash dogs on the west dyke (where dogs owners unleash their dogs with impunity,) they must be “pretty important” to get the city to enforce the bylaws.

But the number of complaints that city hall receives is just the tip of the iceberg. For each complaint received, I can assure her that there are literally dozens of other people who just quietly fade away and try to find another, safer place to enjoy a morning walk. To be confronted by an unleashed dog is terrifying for many people.

I doubt that any of us dyke walkers are “pretty important,” as she asserts. We just want our bylaws enforced so that we can enjoy the wonderful walking trails in Richmond with our children and grandchildren, without fear of being jumped on and bothered by unleashed dogs.

Marilyn Baker


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