On the subject of dog attacks I can offer a little insight. As I have mentioned
in this paper before my wife and I walk everyday along with a friend. On one particular
day we came upon a person walking her dog and I said to my friend you had better
get over here comes that dog, so we proceeded to get off the sidewalk and give this
person and her dog the right of way. This dog was large and even on its leash was
hard to control and as we walked by it jumped out and bite my friend on the hand
drawing blood. To say he was angry was an understatement and he went thru the whole
protocol of the doctor visit and the likes and then contacted the animal control
officer to complain and have his complaint taken to council to have this dog muzzled
and perhaps a Bylaw put in place.
He asked me to accompany him to council as the animal control officer brought up
the case which I did. During the proceedings our ward one representative made comment
that he knew this dog and it was just fine he would let his grandchildren play with
him. At that time we were made to feel like criminals and even the doctors report
was brought into question. With an attitude like this on council what else would
you expect from this council. How hard is it to put forward a resolution to bring
forward a Bylaw to have all animals muzzled in public spaces. No one should walk
down any sidewalk in town and fear for their safety.
My daughter lives in Sarnia where they have such a Bylaw and I walk with her and
her dog all the time and no one there seems to mind it one bit. Just saying!
John L Bolt.