Residents should not allow dogs to torment wildlife
Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am
This morning’s stressful walk in the park has prompted me to write this letter.
This park area is between Silver Creek and Williamstown and is home to a variety of ducks and other wildlife, including a Great Blue Heron.
On April 23 at around 9:30 a.m., I witnessed a man allowing his two border collies to chase and torment some ducks. I was pretty far away but could hear the barking and commotion so I stopped and turned around to see what was going on. I yelled to the person to get his dogs on leash and decided to walk towards him to have a conversation about respecting wildlife but as I started to get closer, he put both his dogs on leash and went back into the houses at Williamstown Landing.
I see this sort of thing constantly, there’s another man with a black lab who lives in the same cluster of houses on the west side of Eighth Street, guaranteed you can find him running his dog between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on weekday mornings.
The City of Airdrie bylaw officers really need to start handing out fines for these violations.
It’s pretty evident these individuals have no regard for any other animals but their own. The only way to make people like that learn is to hit them where they feel it most, in their pocket books.
J. Porter, Airdrie