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Why should we all suffer?
IN LAST week’s Free Press the letter to the editor about making dogs on leads mandatory makes me angry.
In Kyabram this is the only dog park where people can let their dogs run free.
I have two Border Collies and the park is the only place I can let them run free
It’s common sense to have your dog on a lead if it’s aggressive to people.
But because of the actions of a few, why do we all have to suffer?
The park is important to dog lovers who need a space to let their dogs run free.
Vonda Meloni - Kyabram
Edis Park is this family’s ‘sacred place’
LEADS on dogs are mandatory everywhere in a public space not only in Kyabram but in towns.
There is one safe space in Kyabram that dogs can go lead free, and that is in Edis Park.
Edis Park is a sacred place for my two dogs, grandchildren and myself on a daily basis, it’s a place where we go nearly every day to be lead free, to run, play, socialise and be happy and meet other like-minded responsible dog owners and their dogs.
I have been walking my dogs lead free in Edis Park for the last 14 years, it’s the only lead free park in Kyabram, and it’s the highlight of my dog’s day.
Nearly every day I walk with my two dogs and three and four year old grandchildren for up to two to three hours at a time, playing on the play equipment and exploring the park.
I have never seen any danger to children at any time, and I spend a fair amount of time in the park, and so do many other grandparents with their grand children.
If anybody wants to walk their dog on a lead, they can go anywhere in Kyabram that is their choice. It’s also our right and freedom of choice to walk our dogs lead free in Edis Park which is a designated lead free park so long as the dog is under control.
Majority of people do the right thing, and many of the dog owners love the park as much as the dogs, so don’t take our rights away.
We pay rates, we pay registration fees for our dogs, we love and care for our dogs, and exercise them everyday.
Lots of different groups and varieties of people, children and dog owners and their dogs use the park on a daily basis.
Isolated incidences can happen anywhere in town in a public space, it doesn’t mean that everybody has to be tarred with the same brush, and our rights and freedoms to be taken away.
Jutta Clarke - Kyabram