Re: Dog-park petition, Oct. 7.
To the South Surrey woman lobbying for more off-leash dog-friendly trails in the city, just let your dog run loose in almost every park in South Surrey.
I have ran, walked and rode my bike many, many times through our many great green spaces and parks in South Surrey for years. At almost no time have I ever seen bylaw officers on the job patrolling the parks and handing out fines for off-leash dogs. I’m not sure if we actually have any bylaw officers, because you never see them.
Very few people actually follow the laws anyway, as that’s for everyone else’s dogs and not theirs. It’s like they have an entitlement and how dare the City of Surrey tell them what they have to do with their dogs.
I have a lot of close-calls riding my bike through the trails, as dogs appear from out of nowhere and the owners are calling them back way too late.
Then there are the people with those damn leashes that stretch out extending across the whole trail, laying out a trap for you to collide with. It’s not much different than the lady who was putting lines across the mountain bike trails in North Vancouver.
Bylaws for your dogs have been in place for many years, and over that period of time there are many more dogs and more reasons for having those laws.
Before you invest in a dog, make yourself up-to-date with the bylaws and then make an informed decision.
Brian Lauder, Surrey