I was walking through the park earlier today with two of my dogs. During I saw four dogs, none of which were leashed. The city has a by-law against unleashed dogs which clearly states:
(1) No person shall cause or permit a dog owned by that person to run at large in the city of Sault Ste. Marie
(2) For the purpose of this section, a dog shall be deemed running at large:
- When found in any place other than the premises of the owner of the dog not on a leash six feet or less in length held by the owner
As the by-law is very clear on this subject, I don't understand why dog owners fail to follow it.
Even if you claim your dog is trained well enough to be off leash in public, you can't predict the actions of other dogs your unleashed dog approaches. I for one cannot guarantee that if approached by an unleashed dog during a walk, my dog would not act in an aggressive manner. My dogs are well socialized, but if they think any other dog is a threat to me or my wife, they will do what they think is best to defend us, as they should. I also cannot promise that if a loose dog approaches my dog resulting in confrontation that I would not act in an aggressive manner to protect my dog.
It is irresponsible and plain rude to ignore a by-law when it is clearly to protect the pets as well as the general public.
If you can't take two minutes required to leash a dog before a walk, then you shouldn't own one.