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



Just Posted

Police investigating after 14-year-old boy pepper sprayed at Surrey mall

Surrey RCMP say two males fled the scene before officers arrived on scene at Guildford Town Centre

Former Surrey mayor Bill Vogel dead at age 87

Vogel was Surrey’s 31st mayor, in the big chair from 1978 to 1980, and was alderman from 1973 to 1977

Cloverdale nurse, Langley truck driver awarded for saving a police officer’s life

Angela Feltrin and Earl Hanes thanked by B.C. RCMP’s top cop

White Rock FOI requests posted to city’s website

Residents can track progress and results of freedom-of-information requests

Woman and dogs fall through ice along Surrey’s Serpentine River

While things seem to have turned out OK this time, woman’s husband urges others to stay off thin ice

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Mayors approve SkyTrain extension to UBC

Next step is a business plan and public consultation

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Most Read

l -->