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Our View: Leash your dog – no excuses

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We enjoy our beautiful scenery and animals in the foothills.
To continue enjoying both, we need to treat our shared outdoor public spaces with respect.
And that includes keeping our beloved pets in our control.
Dog attacks on trails and in public places have made headlines in the recent past.
In one case, Auburn resident Delta Wilson-Ricky made a plea to the county’s board of supervisors for a stronger leash ordinance. The request came after Wilson-Ricky’s poodle was attacked and killed by an unleashed dog that ran toward them from North Park near Dry Creek Road in Auburn last June.
The five-member board answered her plea by approving new rules that require canines to be under control by “lead, leash or adequate enclosure.”
There is also an ordinance prohibiting unleashed dogs in Auburn parks. In addition to that, state law requires dogs to be on a six-foot leash when in public.
The problem is not everyone follows those laws.
It’s time to drop the excuses and reasoning that your dog is friendly and wouldn’t harm another living creature and put them on a leash.
Dogs are wonderful companions. Yet even the best companions may act out when under threat, whether it’s perceived or real.
A seemingly innocuous gesture from a passerby or an excited child running toward a furry friend could trigger a defense mode in a dog.
Leashing a dog also has benefits for the pet.
Keeping your four-legged friend on a leash can help you rein them in should they want to veer out into a crowded street or into a dangerous area chasing after something.
There are myriad examples of what happens when an unleashed animal does harm.
Some of those incidents have led to the passing of ordinances to try to prevent them in the future.
Whether or not you agree with the law, it is the law.
It should be followed for the safety of yourself, for the safety of others and for the safety of your pet.

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