February 7, 2018 at 10:36 pm #59130
Over the course of the last few months there seems to have been an increase in the amount of off-leash dogs in Wallingford Playfield.
I have two young children (4 and 18 months old) and we visit there all the time.
Dogs are NOT allowed to be off-leash in the playfield, at all . . i.e. dogs have to be on a leash in the playfield. Dogs are NOT allowed in the playground area at all. These rules are so bloody clear!!!
I’d like to ask all responsible dog owners to please remind dog owners who they see with their dogs not on a leash to please put them on a leash. And I’d like to ask all parents, or other park visitors, to please speak up when they see a dog owner let their dog off leash.
I witnessed an incident today of a 7 or 8 year old child being chased by an off-leash dog, and the poor kid was almost frightened to death. The owner of the dog didn’t seem to give a sh!t and made little to no effort to get control of the dog. This is just not acceptable.
Animal Control are the the people responsible for violations, and they are the ones who should be called: 206-386-7387
This is not a complaint about responsible dog owners who use the playfield to walk their dog . . it is however a complaint about the irresponsible few who are ruining it for the manyFebruary 11, 2018 at 9:36 am #59148
Last time we had this conversation a surprising number of adults made the case that because there weren’t enough off leash parks, that they should simply be allowed to go off leash. Like — they just should! There are dog owners who are almost willfully blind to their dogs’ behavior. Thankfully the majority of dog owners are responsible and empathetic but I would love to see the venn diagram of off leash scofflaws and the absolute jerks who let their dog crap on my lawn and deliberately leave it there.February 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm #59179
I am a “senior citizen” woman. Last month I was walking my dog, legally, on leash, in Wallingford Park, at dusk. My dog was approached by an off-leash dog, and, since he felt vulnerable, my dog was scared of the situation. I asked the owner of the off leash dog to leash his dog. The owner refused, but moved his dog away. However, the off leash dog quickly returned to my on-leash dog. At that point I was trying to get out of the park, to get away from this harassment. But the off leash dog was more or less blocking the way.
Again, I asked the owner to leash his dog, commenting that it was illegal to have his dog off leash in the park. The tone of my second request was not particularly nice, but I certainly did not curse or say anything except for “Please leash your dog! It is illegal to have your dog off leash!”
After my second request, the owner of the off leash dog (a large man, much bigger and younger than me) started screaming at me, ordering me to “Get the fuck out of the park you fucking bitch.” It was quite frightening. Because I was scared, I was indeed trying to get out of the park and get away from this man, but my way continued to be blocked because his off-leash dog was making it virtually impossible for my on-leash dog to move anywhere. As I tried to leave, and his dog continued to block, the man continued to scream at me to “Get the fuck out of the park. You don’t belong here your fucking bitch. Arrest me if you think it’s illegal, you bitch.” It was very, very scary.
Finally the man called his dog back to him, the dog finally complied, and I quickly left the park. The man went the other direction with his still off-leash dog. I called 911 from the adjacent sidewalk. When the man saw me on the phone, he quickly left the park, walking away from me. The whole experience was very unnerving. I doubt the police caught the man.
Later I also reported the incident to animal control, but there certainly was not much they could do by then.
This man was even worse the most of the people who defy the leash laws. But most of the people I have spoken to who misuse our parks in this manner display an arrogant sense of entitlement, as if they believe what they are doing is fine and should be tolerated by everybody. It seems that this sense of entitlement will continue until leash law enforcement convinces these scofflaws that, regardless of what they believe they ought to be able to do, they are likely to be fined if they turn their dogs loose in our parks or on our sidewalks. However, with its current lax and minimal enforcement policy, the the City of Seattle essentially encourages the idea the leash law compliance is purely optional. We need to advocate for better enforcement.
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