Letter to the editor: Dogs need to obey the law

Editor:
In a about a half hour around 2 p.m. Saturday we counted nine dogs at the Marina Park. Most of them were running loose on or near the beach. It made me wonder how many of those owners walked over the newly painted signs on the walkway, “No dogs allowed in the park”.
I don’t dislike dogs but I have little respect for owners who ignore the signs. It is almost like saying “my dog’s okay because he/she won’t harm anything. I have seen dogs urinate or defecate on the beach where children later play. Who is to say they are not directly where the dogs have done their duty? What is the use of a rule if there is no enforcement?
This disregard for rules takes place within a short distance of the area set aside for dogs. Why not use that? I have seen the same disregard for rules at the Summer Market, which has signs at all entrances stating that dogs are not allowed. They have valid reasons for the rule. Who wants to buy produce that has been watered by a pooch?
Enough! Love your dog but teach him to obey the law!
James Lockhart
Edmonds

14 Replies to “Letter to the editor: Dogs need to obey the law”

  1. Please call 425-775-3000 when you see violations. This is the Edmonds police non-emergency line. They will happily respond and enforce the law.

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  2. I stopped walking my small dog in public parks, like Yost or Boeing Creek, because of the inconsiderate dog owners who let their dogs run off-leash. It’s asking for a fight. I also hike on local trails with a friend who has a very nice beagle, who has been attacked 4 times by off-leash dogs. My friend has been attacked once herself. I wish more fines were levied against these irresponsible, scofflaw dog owners. I take some comfort in knowing that I have a friend who is a personal injury attorney, and he just loves dog bite cases.

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  3. I am afraid James is putting the blame on the wrong animal. Dogs are Dogs and they do Dog stuff. PEOPLE are the ones that cause the problems and disobey the laws. The Dogs don’t take themselves off leash, their people do.
    I completely agree with James however and have said to my Wife many times that I would love to be given authority to ticket the scofflaws at the Park/Waterfront. The Smokers are just as bad. There are signs that state the Park and Waterfront are ‘No Smoking’ and ‘No Pets’ zones and it would be very much appreciated if PEOPLE would be more considerate of OTHERS.

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  4. The city of Edmonds could fund itself if it would give tickets to owners of dogs at the Brackett’s Landing park. People with their dogs walk right past the big yellow sign that says “Absolutely no dogs…” and over all of the painted signs on the sidewalk.

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  5. Our dog is a very much loved member of my family. We do not take him to the waterfront dog park because of aggressive dogs that are running loose and a problem to other dogs, and even humans.
    The whole concept of the dog park was ill concieved. Years of dog poops have polluted the whole stretch of beach next to where kids swim. Not a very good idea at all.
    The dog park needs to be moved to another location. I nominate Pine ridge park, which can have improvements done on it….such as a dig out on the filled in lake, and a trail added around it.
    This will eliminate the pollution at the waterfront, make it cleaner for the beach goers, and allow the land to be used to open the stream up for salmon finally.

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    1. I don’t take my dogs to Edmonds Beaches or to markets etc. I take them to Pine Ridge Park, very near my home. Please do not move a problem to another place.

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    2. I have wondered if the fecal levels are routinely monitored on the next-door public beach by State, County, or City? If the source was human it would of course never be tolerated. I presume floating dog poop must be special?

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  6. I love dogs and will stop to talk to their owners about their “charges”. Many other dog owners do not follow the rules and use leashes to protect the parks, beaches, people and other dogs. I am tired of their entitlement at the expense of others.

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  7. A small start might be amend the painted waterfront sidewalk signs to “No dogs allowed ON THE BEACH. I would also suggest the Edmonds Beach Rangers —- on waterfront patrol from Memoral Day through Labor Day —- be empowered to write tickets to offending dog owners. Rangers give our innumerable warnings, but must call local police for enforcement.

    And I think, as a community, we must accept that there are things we just cannot do, because in the end it’s not just about us.

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  8. In theory, the nonemergency line for the Police Department makes sense. But in practice, calling the police does not work. Police officers have many places to be and many laws to enforce. Issues of dog control are pretty low on the list of priorities. I have called several times and never had an officer arrive. I do not criticize the police. It is probably overkill to ask the Polilce Department to enforce the laws as to leashes and dog-free zones. The summer rangers who staff the Olympic Beach Visitor Station are volunteers. They will never be given the authority to write tickets, nor should they. That is above their pay grade. And the problem is year round, not just in summer. What Edmonds needs to do is either get better Animal Control enforcement or employ a ranger in the Parks Department who can issue tickets among other duties. This goes to the livability of the city. There are many citizens with ambulatory issues who can not afford to be knocked down by a rambunctious off-leash dog. A fall could result in a broken joint prosthesis or other devastating injury. Many dog owners, unfortunately, only think of themselves and not of the many people who avoid our parks because of the danger of off-leash dogs. It is a prevalent issue that needs a solution.

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  9. Kudos to all the comments. I’ve called, emailed complaints over the years and nothing seems to change. Don’t make laws the government isn’t willing to enforce.

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