Two weeks ago I was attacked and bitten by a large unleashed Doberman. The attack happened just a block from my home.
Soon afterwards, the dog-walker pulled out a leash and a muzzle for the dog. She was evasive about the dog’s owner and address until I threatened to call the police, and she finally admitted that the dog was here from California while its owners were on vacation, and that she was just walking it in our community. The dog subsequently lunged aggressively at a passing puppy (which was being walked on a leash).
All this led me to realise that our authorities may have little recourse if a dog is not registered locally. We don’t know how many dogs are brought here daily from elsewhere, so best for innocent pedestrians, cyclists and pets if dog-walkers play it safe; please walk your dog in our public spaces on a leash!
Councillor, District of West Vancouver
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