LETTER: ‘The added enforcement of Burien’s leash laws is a good thing…’

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]



Dear Editor,

The added enforcement of Burien’s leash laws is a good thing for many of us.

My last dog, Scrappy, was a service animal who, although on leash on grocery stores and other public places, was just as frequently off leash and under voice control as allowed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was a great dog who frequently visited Burien’s dog park with me and even graced the cover of the city’s 2017 Spring Recreation Guide.

With Scrappy I never worried much about leash laws since they neither applied nor impacted me. What did concern me were the many fake service dogs, some of whom attacked us in public.

Sadly, we lost Scrappy to Inflammatory Bowel Disease in early August.

My new girl, a three-year-old hound named Cassie, brings a new set of challenges and an appreciation for leash laws. Cassie is blind and extremely reactive to other dogs and most people. Due to this new set of challenges, we’re finding ourselves unable to visit the dog park or more populated areas. Seahurst Park has become a great daily outing for us, and the track area at Sylvester Middle School makes for a quiet place to run before bedtime.

Last week Cassie was attacked by two large, off-leash dogs at Seahurst Park. Just a few days ago, we went to Sylvester to run at night, only to end up driving away due to off-leash dogs running the track. Even when I warn the owners of off-leash dogs approaching us, they often respond, “Oh, it’s okay, my dog is friendly.” Oh, yeah? Mine’s not.

It’s so important that we have safe, less populated areas where Cassie too can enjoy the outdoors without fear of attack, particularly since she can’t see the attack coming. The frequent presence of off-leash dogs places us both at risk.

Please, do us all a favor and leash your dogs where and when appropriate.

– Aaron Wells

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