(Editor’s note: I have received several letters about dog owners, who are upset about those who allow dogs to go off leash on streets and parks. It is a law in Los Angeles that all dogs should be leashed. It is the owner’s responsibility. Please heed the letter I received today, no dog owner should be put through this trauma.)
I am so incredibly sick and tired of not being able to walk my dog on the streets of the Palisades without it being attacked by an off-leash dog whose owner has no control over the untrained dog.
I have great respect for owners who walk their dogs on a leash and can even manage to tolerate off leash dogs whose owners have them trained to perfect recall.
I detest owners who pass us and then let their dogs come at mine from behind. People spend thousands on pedigreed dogs, fancy food, and pricey toys but don’t bother to spend the time or money on basic training and manners.
Today when my golden retriever and I passed 631 Via de la Paz and two dogs came tearing out the open front door at us. I yelled “STOP” which had no effect and tried desperately to get between the larger one’s teeth and my dog as he repeatedly lunged at her. The owner did nothing. The dog bit my dog and I screamed and kicked and eventually scared him off. My dog is once again traumatized.
The owner laughed when I asked if her dog had its shots. Then she ran inside, leaving me to comfort my dog as it lay shaking on the ground.
I can’t tell you how many times this has happened. My once confident puppy is now skittish when other dogs approach.
This time I reported it. I came home and ordered an air horn and pepper spray, which I will carry. The next time this happens I will not hold back, and I am completely confident that I will be yelled at for taking action.
What is WRONG with people?
A responsible dog owner