Be responsible animal owners

Everyone should be respectful of others when using parks and other public areas

Response to Dogs must be kept under control by Karen Harris, PNR, Sept. 18.

Karen Harris is correct — Centennial Park is a shared park, including those who have mobility challenges, of which I am one.

There are few trails I am able to use, not so much because of the terrain but what is left behind by the horses/ponies, which is usually right across the path. This should be considered irresponsible and inconsiderate.

If the horse/pony owner cannot clean up after their animal, at least have them go off the trails/paths so that these trails/pathways are still useable.

I have a dog that I, too, work very hard in both obedience and service training so he can help me with my quality of life. For his reward and his quality of life, he goes to Centennial Park to enjoy his freedom to play with the other dogs. We are respectful of others, including horses of which he is unsure of. We do take him to other locations, including Cy Hampson Park on Lochside for more extensive play.

Before one gets an animal that requires exercise outside of one’s property, then it is only responsible to educate oneself of the locations available for the animal plus the care and respect of others of these locations.

Dog owners are required to pick up after their animal and this should be a requirement of all animal owners in public areas, including parks, if not already.

Everyone should be respectful of others when using parks and other public areas by controlling their animals and cleaning up after themselves, of which I hope that Karen Harris is one with her ponies.

This is considered common courtesy and respectful of others.

Llweyn Friars

Central Saanich

 

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