Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - SUE GID­DENS San­dring­ham MA­REE O’NEILL New Wind­sor BARRY LUCK­MAN Ep­som

Hear, hear Peter Boys (Let­ters, Auck­land City Har­bour News, Septem­ber 23).

I walk my dog each morn­ing and evening in parks around San­dring­ham and West­ern Springs and without fail there are the same re­peat-of­fend­ing dog own­ers flout­ing the by­laws with their dogs run­ning loose (and of­ten chas­ing balls and fris­bees) off the lead in the on­lead area.

I’ve given up point­ing out the off-lead ar­eas to peo­ple like th­ese as the usual re­sponse is “get over it” – or worse.

I’ve lost count of the num­ber of times my dog and I have been charged at by large, ram­pant dogs whose own­ers are ig­no­rant of other park users.

Scar­ily, th­ese same dogs of­ten run through the parks’ chil­dren’s play­grounds – when chil­dren are play­ing in them. And yes, I’ve told Dog Con­trol re­peat­edly over the years but as we know they have a big job in this city.

I’ve been on the end of an un­con­trolled boxer’s bite in one of th­ese same parks; it cost me a piece of my leg and haunts me ev­ery time we’re rushed at by a dog on the loose.

Read up about the by­laws dog own­ers. Think, what if? A $300 fine? A court case? Or worse? The owner of the dog who bit me apol­o­gised and said “she’s never done that be­fore”. His­tory tells us there can al­ways be a first time. made (Let­ters, Septem­ber 23).

When I have been driv­ing along Do­min­ion Rd at 5.45am I have re­peat­edly seen a man walk­ing three dogs without a lead.

Th­ese dogs could cause a bad ac­ci­dent if they ran out onto this busy road.

It is amaz­ing the num­ber of dogs that are let off their leads and al­lowed to run loose in the re­serve in Nor­manby Rd, Mt Eden, be­tween 6am and 8am.

Re­cently, as I was about to en­ter my prop­erty one af­ter­noon, I was ap­proached by a sav­age looking al­sa­tian dog who had no lead and was not ac­com­pa­nied by an owner.

Luck­ily two men in a car saw the in­ci­dent and called the dog and threw it some­thing to eat, al­low­ing me to get safely into my prop­erty.

I live in an area where there are a lot of young chil­dren walk­ing home from school and dogs such as this roam­ing around the street places th­ese chil­dren at risk of be­ing at­tacked.

Al­low­ing dogs to walk the streets without a lead is ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­ac­cept­able and should be re­ported as soon as pos­si­ble to the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties.

Con­sid­er­able pres­sure is put on farms and in­dus­tries to keep tox­ins and pol­lu­tion from our wa­ter­ways. Yet DOC, our guardian of the en­vi­ron­ment, dis­plays a dis­tinctly cav­a­lier and wildwest at­ti­tude to its aerial ap­pli­ca­tion of poi­sons.

Send­ing a cou­ple of staff out with a bucket, scour­ing the beaches for way­ward poi­son pel­lets is like a scene from a Lau­rel and Hardy com­edy. Ex­cept that it is far more se­ri­ous.

And for a DOC spokesman to com­ment that they “learn from mis­takes,” is not good enough.

By DOC’s own ad­mis­sion, they have no idea how the pen­guins came to in­gest the poi­son, 40 per­cent of which con­tained traces of brod­i­fa­coum in their liv­ers.

As for pen­guins, thou­sands of Auck­lan­ders also rely on the wa­ters of the Waitem­ata and Hau­raki gulf for fish.

May we now ex­pect the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion to un­der­take test­ing of peo­ple that have eaten fish from the same area, or are we like­wise to be re­garded as “col­lat­eral dam­age?”

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