Unleashed dogs in Ashland

After reading the article on unleashed dogs in Medford and the dangers they pose, I am writing about similar dangers in Ashland parks. I was attacked by an unleashed “friendly dog” in the newish Kestrel Park while trying to protect my small dog.

Every day we see unleashed dogs in this park and the police and parks department seem unable to do anything about it. It must be up to responsible dog owners to leash their dogs to control their behavior and to clean up after them.

Another time on a walk with my dog up the road beyond Lithia Park, my dog and I were attacked by another “friendly dog” as I was holding my dog to avoid a confrontation. The “friendly dog” took out about one inch of my dog's rump that required stitches costing more than $500 at the vet. Fortunately the other owner paid for it but it could have been much worse. Needless to say, it was traumatic for both me and my dog.

So, lets get a little bit serious about this issue. It is serious and it is only time before someone gets seriously bitten.

Francis Van Ausdal


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