LETTER: Dog-related problems will only get worse

Editor:

After reading the different comments about the city council’s decision to allow dogs on the promenade, I felt the need to voice my opinion. I’m one of the walkers who has been walking every single day every year for over five years and I have only noticed a small increase in dog feces on the promenade, grassy areas and the pier.

Prior to the city’s council’s decision to approve dogs on the promenade, the dog feces has always been there.

I would say that I’ve encountered at least four or five days per week when I see poop left by irresponsible dog owners. Does this mean that the no side has been depositing dog feces on the promenade and pier for the last five years? I think not.

Since the city’s announcement about dogs on promenade, I have politely informed people that it does not start until October, and I would say only 10 per cent of the dog walkers will leave at the next exit.

I’ve even noticed two ladies walking their little dog, who seemed very polite but continued to walk on and then crossed the construction zone barrier on East Beach to continue their walk. This, to me, is a display of total disrespect for the law and rules.

Another time, a man and woman were walking their dog. The dog started to run after the geese and ducks while I was feeding them, and the man’s response to when they flew off was, I guess they will have to get used to the dogs down here.

I’m also concerned for the elderly who use walkers and canes and who have mobility or balance issues. Any dog on a leash that runs unexpectedly across someone’s path could cause a serious problem.

People come down here to enjoy the wildlife, views and peaceful walk, not having to watch out for dogs running across their path or dog feces.

If the irresponsible dog walkers have been leaving their dog poop for years before the announcement, how many more dog walkers won’t pick up after their pet?

Joy Kroeker, South Surrey

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