LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Dog should get out of town
September 25, 2012 · Updated 2:44 PM
To the editor:
The unfortunate dog-biting incident which happened recently in Langley cries out for some dispassionate thinking. The Langley City Council acted quickly to enact an ordinance which would address any future occurrences. Kudos to them.
However, the ordinance will not affect this situation which happened before it was enacted. Since then, many have weighed in with passionate comments and opinions, pro and con. To quote a recent letter in favor of the dog and its owners, “this horrible vicious dog was none other than one of the sweetest and gentlest dogs I have ever known‚“ and further in the letter regarding the owners of the dog, “these two individuals are civically, spiritually and community minded,” and it goes on to cite their contributions.
I have no doubt that the dog owners are kind, caring people, and that the dog is a sweet, gentle creature, unless of course the gate is left open and another dog is walking along the road in front of his house.
This isn’t about bad dogs or bad owners, but rather about the situation in which the dog lives.
If I were the owners of this dog, I would be looking diligently for another situation for this dog — somewhere out in the country where there is no foot/dog traffic.
If the gate was left open once, it could easily be left open again. Langley is not the right place for this dog.
Clear, compassionate thinking would suggest to the dog owners that the dog might be happier in some other environment, and they might be saved the worry about future litigation if the incident should happen again.