LETTERS: Off-leash safety up to the owner


I was walking on East Beach, the tide receded, negotiating tidal pools, aware of surroundings, or humans and their off-leash dogs.


I was walking on East Beach this spring, the tide receded, negotiating tidal pools, aware of surroundings, or humans and their off-leash dogs.

I noted a middle-aged woman with a large dog, of the bull breed, in my sight. I suddenly heard the dog bounding towards me, while deliberately facing eastward at my leisurely pace.

I’m familiar with the energy and excitement of dogs off-leash, in this atmosphere of freedom and the magic of sea, sky and sun. This canine bumped into me, circled, made lunges at my legs and arm.

Next, I was on the hard sand, screaming, “Get this dog on a leash.”

The owner nonchalantly said, “Oh, he’s just a puppy and gets excited,” and walked away obviously distracting her charge.

Not a word to the 70-odd-year-old woman truggling to right herself.

Another passerby with a dog approached and asked if I was OK. She had witnessed the encounter.

Aborting my walk, I made my way to the beach logs to sit and breathe.

I waited for the return of the duo, so I could get the licence of the vehicle and inform the police, but no such luck.

Notice to beach lovers/walkers: It depends on the dog breed, the responsible owner and their ability to control the dog if off-leash East Beach is safe for all.

E. Fitzpatrick, White Rock



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