Please accept this as a letter of warning to those who walk through Ruth Johnson Park in White Rock.
My dog was taken for a walk in the park by my brother-in law on Saturday and was viciously attacked by an off-leash Doberman-cross.
My brother-in-law had to wrestle the Doberman off of my small terrier. My dog sustained a bite to his neck that required three staples and, of course, antibiotic treatments.
My brother-in law was understandably angry with the owner – her response to the fearsome beating her dog gave mine was to blame my brother-in-law for not carrying our dog. She took no responsibility and expressed no remorse over what her dog did.
This is not a letter to indict Dobermans, but rather to warn the public of the irresponsible behaviour of this owner. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have encountered aggressive dogs off leash in this park where it clearly states dogs must be leashed.
My brother-in-law saved my dog only by throwing himself on top of her dog. I am not sure I could have done that, and I shudder to think what would have happened if my 11-year-old son had been walking our dog at the time.
Keeping dogs leashed is an important safety precaution for everyone. All dogs can be unpredictable, and there are far too many owners who have a cavalier attitude towards others’ safety.
M. Brown, White Rock