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Posted on April 28 at 11:24 a.m.
If your dog is aggressive on-leash, then your dog is not properly leash-trained and probably thinks she's the alpha-dog in your relationship.
I agree wholeheartedly it would be very beneficial to have a designated and loosely fenced-in off-leash area. It is *not* great for a community to let dogs off-leash. To let dogs roam off-leash opens the door to all sorts of irresponsible behavior by pet owners. I have witnessed innumerable abuses of the wildlife preserve that is the Ellwood bluffs: Dogs chasing off hunting cranes, dogs chasing runners/bikers, dogs barking at runners/bikers, doggie poop everywhere, doggie poop baggies everywhere, off-leash dogs bothering on-leash dogs, dogs attacking dogs, dogs running around off the trails. I hate to say it, but these are good reasons to have and enforce the leash-law.
The LAW states that all dogs must be on-leash. The law was made because there were problems, not to anticipate problems. Please follow the law. It's there for a reason. If you get a ticket, it's not the police being mean or unfair. You are breaking the law. Worse than that, you are being irresponsible and inconsiderate to your community and others attempting to quietly enjoy the wildlife preserve (not domesticated animal preserve).
Posted on April 14 at 4:44 p.m.
Last evening around 6PM I was attacked by a dog in the Ellwood beach bluffs area.
It was very scary. I had to use my bike as a shield. The worst thing is that the owners didn't do a thing to stop their dog until I commented that I didn't think fending off their attacking dog was a fun as they obviously did (they were smiling). I don't know what's scarier, the owners' attitude or the dog trying to bite me. I did not get bitten. But only because I could keep the dog away with my bike and keep him/her from getting around it.
This is not the first time I've been assaulted by a dog in the Ellwood bluffs area. It usually happens while running and the dog loses interest when I stop. This was the worst attack though, the dog was very persistent with no intervention from the owners.
On Preventing Dog Bites