Dog ‘ambassadors’ should be looking for children left to bake inside cars

To the editor:

Re: RDCO’s Dog Ambassadors Help Both Dogs and their Owners, July 17 Capital News.

A more apt headline for the story would have been “RDCO uses summer student dog ambassadors to spread its message.”

Visitors to Kelowna will be happy to learn that there is only one dog beach at the south end of our city. During hot summer days that’s the only place where Fido can take a dip to cool off.

Yes ambassadors are needed to tell visitors and remind residents that if they allow their dog even a quick swim in the lake there may be “future financial enforcement consequences.” This message is more palatable from volunteer youth.

The RDCO’s Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, by its very name, implies that if a dog owner is fined, he or she is irresponsible. Rubbish. My neighbourhood has many dogs who have been errant from time to time by taking themselves for a quick swim in the lake without bothering anyone. The legal owners of these dogs are responsible, but their dogs are dogs, not brain-dead vegetables, and escapes will happen.

The dog ambassadors would be more useful patrolling parking lots for dogs or children left in cars to die. It’s illegal under the dog bylaw to leave a dog unattended in a car.

By switching their attention to parked cars rather than parks, the ambassadors could help dogs, and focus on a positive aspect of the dog bylaw.

As for rewards, RDCO just doesn’t get it. We can buy our own leashes and collars, but it seems our taxes cannot buy us a fair share of the parks or beaches.

Helen Schiele,



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