To the editor:
Re: “Mean dog” is really a sweetie:
The writer of this letter (Sept. 22) is clearly ignorant of or in denial of some key facts regarding Blanca, the dog.
Fact 1: Blanca rushes the fence, barking and snarling in a vicious manner at nearly anyone walking along Sixth Street (a public Langley street). I have personally experienced this threatening behavior.
Fact 2: In August, Blanca escaped her yard and viciously attacked a neighbor who was walking her dog, on-leash, along the same street. Blanca’s intended target was clearly the other much smaller dog, who was quickly protected by her owner. This person then received a nasty bite on the forearm from “sweet Blanca.”
Fact 3: State law, Island County statutes, and now a Langley ordinance all classify this behavior as a potentially dangerous dog with strict guidelines and regulations as to the necessary restriction of the dog’s activity. It is a matter of public safety, which I am thankful the city of Langley is taking seriously.
Fact 4: In the past, Blanca has been seen off-leash, in and around Langley, on many occasions and is frequently off-leash at Double Bluff beach where many dog owners take their pets. Do the other dog owners know that a potentially dangerous dog (legal classification) is running around loose on the beach among their beloved pets? Are Blanca’s owners still letting her run loose on the beach?
Ms. Laitala speaks of outrage and lack of kindness among Langley residents. I am outraged that she would try to paint her irresponsible friends and their dog as the victims in this incident. Having a secure fence with a closed gate, keeping Blanca on-leash and training her not to aggressively charge the fence at passers-by are all common sense actions of a responsible dog owner and should have been willingly enacted by Blanca’s owners.
They no longer have an option of noncompliance … dangerous dog laws and regulations are in force! It is time for Blanca’s owners to quit whining and be responsible dog owners.