Two things are certain in this time of year in our area – the cherry trees will blossom and many dog owners will decide that they are exempt from the bylaws and will let their dogs run loose through our urban parks.
On Friday, while running through Crescent Park and Sunnyside Park, our running group encountered at least 30 unleashed dogs accompanied by their owners.
In one case, at Sunnyside Park, I watched with amazement as one owner, when entering the park, and within steps of the sign prohibiting unleashed dogs, actually unleashed his dog and let it run free of restraint.
To be fair, most dog owners that share the trails with us are very considerate and respectful and obey the rules, but I worry that once again an unfortunate encounter with an unrestrained dog and subsequent outcry will be necessary to a bring a stop to this behaviour.
We have many areas on the Peninsula that are available to unleashed dogs. So please, I’ll stay out of Dogwood Park and you and your unleashed dogs stay out of our parks.
Lynne Spence, Surrey