July 19, 2003

Taking Things a BIT Too Far

Eight dogs have died after eating poisoned sausages left at a popular dog-walking park in Portland, Ore., the Associated Press has reported. The poisonings come as Portland authorities move to enforce the city's leash laws, which many dog owners apparently ignore.

We here at The Rant are not surprised that this type of thing happened in Oregon, a state which long-time readers know we have often considered a bit different.

On the other hand, though, this is probably the type of thing that could happen in any modern city. Many Americans, we realize, get far too worked up about issues that really aren't all that important in the grand scheme of things. As such, it does not surprise us that at least one American has gone off the freaking deep end due to this issue of leash-law enforcement.

Look. It ought not matter whether people keep their dogs on or off a leash provided a) folks clean up after their canine companions and b) the dogs are trained to behave with as much decorum as one can drill into them. Even then, it might make sense to set aside one or two of the city's parks for dog owners who would prefer to let their canines roam free, just so people who do not care for dogs don't have to deal with them.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at July 19, 2003 09:04 AM | TrackBack
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"Even then, it might make sense to set aside one or two of the city's parks for dog owners who would prefer to let their canines roam free, just so people who do not care for dogs don't have to deal with them."

Trouble is, the city doesn't want to do it, and had to be dragged kicking and screaming into setting up the "experimental" (their description) off-leash areas that do exist. People come from many miles around to use the off-leash area at Gabriel Park, near where I live. At a meeting between dog-owners and park officials that I attended, the park person complained that the off-leash area at Gabriel was "overused." Well, yeah, when it's the only area in southwest Portland that's designated as off-leash. Duh. Plus, the city closes the off-leash area there for eight months of the year.

Posted by: Brian Swisher at July 22, 2003 10:35 AM