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Letter to the editor: Off-leash dogs create problems

Sunday morning started off perfect. I woke up, fed my loving, human-dog friendly two Brittanys. Then, one shower later, I put leashes on my dog duo and, flanked by my sibling, we were off for a nice dog walk in an area that’s safe. Within five minutes, a large 80- to 90-pound lab-pit bull mix ran toward us. The canine was off-leash. He growled at my older Brittany and ignited what could have been a dog fight.

I went into drama mode, shouting commands to the dog, as did my brother, and then the aggressive animal was ready to attack my brother, too. It was a lot of noise from two well-meaning humans protecting their animal companions from one big bully taking us all on. It was a horrific event.

We did manage to escape. My Britts do not know how to spell fight. My youngest, Seth? Growling is not in his vocabulary. Plus, it would be absolutely no contest with a mean-spirited dog twice their size, like the canine we encountered today.

Once home and calm, I began to make calls. I couldn’t track down the dog (acting like a Stephen King “Cujo” understudy) with an AWOL owner. Where was the dog’s human?

I was told by the police department to call the authorities next time we’re being attacked. How does that work? I only have two hands and two dogs. Then, I was advised not to walk my dogs in the area of the happening. Tourists seem to think our town’s leash law does not apply to them. Wrong.

So, what it will take for the community to take action? Speak out!

Cal Orey

South Lake Tahoe

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