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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

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