City’s dog rules necessary for safety

Runner and cyclist has been harassed by dogs in past

Re: On-leash animals unpredictable (Letters, June 15)

I favour restrictive controls over dogs in the city of Victoria.

Over the years I have been threatened and harassed frequently while running or cycling. I have even been bitten several times. Restrictive rules are necessary because too many dog owners are selfishly unconcerned with the comfort and safety of others.

Restrictive rules, combined with social pressure, have at least helped control the amount of dog droppings on sidewalks or pathways.

Let me say something in favour of cats in the city: I have never been chased or bitten by a cat while out running, cycling or walking. Nor have I ever stepped on their droppings on sidewalks or pathways (last week I stepped in dog droppings in someone’s garden, so it is not just cats that soil yards).

Children are very rarely, or never, seriously mauled by domestic cats. Cats are simply better suited for the city than dogs because they are smaller, cleaner and non-threatening to passers-by.

Ed Janicki

Victoria

Just Posted

‘More animals could have a chance:’ Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of a home

Animal rescue currently has 163 animals in foster and volunteer homes

Free-B Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Head to Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park to see some family favourites on the big screen

Central Saanich accused of not following Climate Emergency declaration with urgent action

Motion to research climate response options and costs rejected then rescheduled in tense meeting

Join North Saanich invasives removal and experience three key benefits

Friends of North Saanich Parks says July 27 clear-up will be rewarding as well as green

Esquimalt gives six-storey rental complex the green light

A new apartment building is set to go up on Admirals Road

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read