Carbonear needs to take a bite out of dog problem, says walker
In searching the Internet for the animal control office phone number in Carbonear, the first thing that came up was an article regarding the ongoing problem in Carbonear of pets running loose or not tethered by leash nor having licenses. This problem seems to be troubling on the road that runs up to the old fish plant that has been torn down on the southside.
The old road trail up past the plant is where I walk from Bristol’s Hope to Carbonear and back. I have walked it numerous since moving to Bristol’s Hope.
The problems begin as I reach the perimeter of Carbonear and head to the post office, or Powell’s Supermarket.
There are countless pets off leashes running loose amongst the houses along the way to the boardwalk and library.
I can attest to this first hand as I now have been bitten by the same dog twice on that road. The first time the owner seemed to be nowhere in sight, whether in the house or gone at the time.
The second occurrence, I was appalled as the apparent owner was standing in the yard watching what was going on as it happened and did nothing. No apology. Just picked the dog up in her arms.
The animal control people were notified and hopefully will act when needed to curb these problems in a prompt manner. The owners themselves had better take a hard and fast look at themselves and their responsibility as pet owners.
I am originally from Alberta and I can see the signs that Carbonear and Newfoundland are now going through growing pains as things in the province start to improve, much like the smaller communities in Alberta did back in the late 70s and early 80s.
My hope is that the people in charge of these communities have the backbone and put on the big boy pants needed to face the challenges that await them and nip issues like these in the bud before they become bigger problems to handle.
My concern regarding the dog bite problem: what if it had been a small child with little or no protection on the arms or legs? The people of Carbonear better take a hard look at this situation.
The “it can’t happen to me” attitudes have got to change right off the bat before things do get out of hand even more.