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letters below are published as they appeared in the print edition
of the Messenger.
A Bite Too
No, I'm not referring to Thanksgiving,
although I am thankful that, of the many times my neighbors'
dogs have attacked and bitten me while I walked down the public
street, I've never been severely mauled! Hey, how many times
does your neighbors' dog have to bite you, before its "OK"
to call the Animal Control Authorities? Towo or three times?
I bet many Dog Owners would say "five times" at least.
What's the "Topanga Rule Of Thumb" in cases like this?
Many Dog Bite Victims such as myself would say "Once is
more than sufficient."
If a dog tries to bite you, but is unsuccessful, were you really
attacked? I bet many Dog Owners would say "no."
How many Dog Owners know their dog has bitten someone in the
past, but believe it will "never" happen again? Is
it reasonable to believe that a dog that has attacked someone
once, will never do it again? I don't think so.
Does a Dog Owner's "right" to allow their dog to illegally
wander the street supercede your "right" to walk down
that same street without being attacked? I think some Dog Owners
are unclear on this concept!
If your neighbor's dog bites you and you call Animal ControlWho
is the real jerk here? The Dog Owner, or the Dog Bite Victim?
I think you know what I'd say!
Sooner or later a child will be severely mauled in Topanga by
a dog who's owner thinks its "OK" for his beast to
Dog Owners, rise up, and call your local legislature and demand
a change in the law, so you can legally allow your dogs to roam
free! Their emotional/spiritual well being is at stake! Call
your County Supervisor at: 818-880-9416.
Dog Bite Victims, Rise up, and call Animal Control anytime you
are attacked or threatened! Your life, and that of your children,
are at stake! Call Animal Control at: 818-991-0071.
I realize most people don't go for walks in TopangaThey are either
too lazy, or they get their exercise at the gym in The Valley,
or they are simply too afraid to walk alone down the street for
fear of being mauled. What will it take to make our streets safe?
A child's life?
Hey Topanga, What do you think about this?
- Richard Johnson