LETTERS: Dog owners putting desires ahead of pets’ well-being

Editor:

Re: Promenade is for the people, Aug. 9 letters

I concur fully with the excellent letter by Debbie Laturnus. I have owned many dogs in my day, including an Irish setter and a Pyrenean mountain dog. Not for one second would I consider the promenade a suitable place for walking any of my dogs.

It is obvious that some dog owners are putting their own desires and feelings of entitlement before the well-being of their dogs, wildlife, and other citizens.

It also doesn’t help the reputation of dog owners that so many were ‘caught’ walking their dog(s) on the promenade during the current period of prohibition. According to the City of White Rock website, there were 399 interactions between Feb. 21 and July 21. It seems there are some dog owners who feel that some city bylaws don’t apply to them, including buying a dog licence, apparently.

Council seems determined in ensuring the “success” of this pilot project so that it can pander to a minority of dog owners.

I hope the city is going to honestly measure the “increase in business” during the winter months trial period.

I can’t wait to see the increase in Marine Drive business and all the parking lots overflowing with cars during the winter months just like supporters of this folly have predicted.

Keith Knightson, White Rock

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