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Dog-child incidents are rare

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I read the recent article (Dog park concerns school officials, March 26) about dog concerns, and was amazed at the negative tone displayed by remarks made by Michelle Receveur and Sandy Cimino.

My question to these two ladies is, are you aware that Willoughby Park has been a designated off-leash area in excess of 20 years? I have lived close to Neil M. Ross School for 15-plus years and have walked my nearly 11-year-old dog in that park, on a twice daily basis (weather and walking conditions permitting) and have yet to see or hear of someone that has been bitten by a dog.

I have found that most people walk their dogs around 4 p.m. and later. I for one do occasionally walk my dog during school hours. However, if there are children or recreational activities taking place, I ensure that my dog is leashed. Addressing the comment that children are attracted to dogs, I fully agree that this does happen, however, not once have I seen or heard of a child being bitten or mauled. What I have seen under these circumstances is that owners ensure that their dogs are totally under their control.

The comment made about some dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs is an ongoing problem. These people, are in my view, selfish, ignorant and have an attitude problem. I carry an extra one or two bags with me, and should I notice one of the aforementioned individuals failing their moral responsibilities, I will offer them a bag to do the right thing, hoping that I have caused them some embarrassment and that they may have a change of attitude.

All pet owners have a moral and community duty to act responsibility.

E.J. Gibson, St. Albert


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