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?”