Sunday, September 05, 2004

Off Leash Ticket

One night last week, I start taking Ishy for a walk, and the neighborhood dog grape vine lets me know that I shouldn't take him to the park right then. This is cool because I now know my neighbors well enough for conversation to occur, and for them to want to warn me.

Apparently there were a couple of dogs at the park down the street (one off leash, and a not so well trained pit bull on a leash) that got into a bit of a scuffle. The owner of the leashed dog got mad and called the police, who dutifully came down and wrote the owner of the off-leash dog a ticket.

Now I am fully of the opinion that if you break the law you do so at your own risk and need to deal with the consequences. When I let Ishy off the leash at that park, I realize that I could get a ticket for doing so. But I also can get a ticket for going 5 mph over the speed limit and I do that too.

What I don't like about this situation is that it was a dog owner that called the police. I could certainly understand a concerned parent, or even just someone who didn't trust or was afraid of dogs. But a dog owner doing it just feels like a dirty turncoat thing to do.

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