Please leash your dogs
March 15, 2002
This letter is a plea for help to our wonderful community.
On my daily runs, I encounter dogs off the leash every day. I realize that it must feel terrific for a dog to run free. However, after being bitten by three different dogs on my daily runs, I’ve realized that dog owners who let their dogs run free have stolen my freedom to run safely.
In all three attacks, the owners have told me that their dogs were friendly and had never bitten anyone. No matter how friendly you think your dog can be, please keep in mind that I don’t know your dog.
When I see a dog in the distance, I always stop and wait. I’m not stopping to pet your dog. I’m stopping because I am afraid. Please, please, please keep your dogs on leashes.