Resident would rather see training than fining
Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am
Re: “Teenage girl hospitalized afer dog bite in Fairways,” May 29
I saw the recent story about the dog bite in your paper and the online poll that asked a simple yes or no question on whether the fine was high enough. In my opinion, the answer is not that simple.
If the fine provides for the funding of education and training for both the offending dog and owner by a reputable dog trainer, who uses non violent methods then I would say the fine was exactly high enough.
Destroying an animal and fining the owner after the fact doesn’t solve any of the problems of dog confrontations. In my opinion, just getting a dog license should come with mandatory training and education funded by a license fee. Instead we see large breed dogs being abused by the miseducated owners wishing to be in fashion.
There are no bad breeds, just humans who do not have the tools to deal with them. I would rather see a proactive approach under licensing than a reactive approach under fining.