Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society president Ron Meadley places branches across an unsanctioned trail.

LETTER: Off-leash dogs disrupt forest, too

Editor:
Re: Urban forest under attack from visitors, July 3.

Editor:

Re: Urban forest under attack from visitors, July 3.

Surprisingly, reporter Tracy Holmes’ story did not touch on another major disruption to the Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest – off-leash dogs.

I walk mine, on leash, through the trails regularly and often see off-leash dogs trampling through the ferns and bushes off-trail.

In one case, an owner was throwing a ball into the bush for their dog to fetch.

These same dogs are likely the ones leaving all of the unscooped poop that we see on the trails, as their ‘conveniently oblivious’ owners walk well ahead of them.

Many people walk these trails, and those without dogs should not be subject to off-leash dogs approaching them. Your pooch may be the friendliest dog in the world, but that does not entitle you let it run off-leash.

In fact, both you and your dog will get better exercise, if you keep your dog leashed and walk at a steady pace without stopping.

The dog park is a much better alternative, if you want to exercise your pet in a wide open space.

The urban forest is for everyone to enjoy, and all are entitled to a peaceful walk through its trails without dogs running at them or having to clean the poop off their shoes when they are done.

Chris Swartz, South Surrey

 

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Supercars parade to White Rock

More than a dozen cars were on display for the Drive Project

South Surrey woman promotes exercise to help fight Parkinson’s disease

‘This keeps me strong’ says Liz Holroyd Campbell, organizer of the 2019 Parkinson Superwalk

Four Terry Fox Runs planned for Surrey

Events to take place throughout city on Sept. 15

VIDEO: Young balance-bikers race through Surrey’s Civic Plaza at Strider Cup

The course has several obstacles including ‘Mount Scary’ and the ‘Noodle Monster’

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

RCMP, search crews hunt for 4-year-old boy missing near Mackenzie

George went missing early Saturday afternoon

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read

l -->