Surrey – The Editor, “Dogs must be kept on leash” signs are not a casual suggestion – they are there for the protection of the public.
Having owned a dog I know dogs need to run and explore, which is why public money has been put into designated dog parks. I also know dogs can be unpredictable, especially if they are not on a leash.
A month ago, I was seriously injured by a dog in an on-leash area. I was knocked off my bike, suffering a broken bone in my shoulder and abrasions to my face, elbow and leg. I will not be able to work for six to eight weeks.
Over the years, I have had dogs rush at me or jump up on me or my friends on public walking trails. The owners’ responses are usually, “he’s friendly.” But that’s not the point. Not everyone wants to get this close to unfamiliar dogs, particularly when serious injuries result.
So please, keep your dog on a leash in public places and take them to a dog park so they can run around and be with other dogs and dog enthusiasts.