Walk­ing dogs in the heat is cru­elty

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

IF you can­not walk your dog in the cooler times of the day, you might be kin­der not to do so at all.

If you en­joy walk­ing or run­ning bare­foot on scorch­ing sur­faces in the heat of the Aus­tralian day, I re­spect your right to do so. (I sus­pect you do not.)

When you ob­li­gate your dog to par­tic­i­pate in such be­hav­iour, I will dis­charge my duty of care un­flinch­ingly, in com­pelling you to re­con­sider by what­ever means I see fit.

You may not care for th­ese means.

If you have no com­pas­sion for your dog, you might in­stead con­sider the vet bills you are li­able to in­cur.

Heat stress in a dog is very ex­pen­sive and of­ten fa­tal into the bar­gain.

Please do not hes­i­tate to chal­lenge and re­port peo­ple abus­ing their pets in this way.

If you turn a blind eye, you are just as cruel and neg­li­gent as the per­pe­tra­tor.

I would like po­lice and rangers take a more proac­tive role in con­trol­ling this type of cru­elty.

Alan Sa­muel Cox, Scar­bor­ough.

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