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24-Aug-2012 Elizabeth_Bickel

Running Loose

Our state and our county have no "leash laws".

So, you'll often find dogs of all shapes and sizes wandering loose in the street; plus around all neighborhood yards. However, things here are now much better than they used to be when loose dogs would get together to form large, aggressive packs that could be quite dangerous. Now, you usually will only see only one or two dogs running loose at a time. However, many walkers and joggers still carry a stick, "just in case". Admittedly, I've had a few run-ins with "loose dogs" when I've been out in the neighborhood. Fortunately, all of those dogs have been friendly and not dangerous. In the past - when packs of 8 to a dozen loose dogs were commonplace - I never walked in my neighborhood. I drove to a park (with leash restrictions) to exercise instead.

Although the above Chihuahua is now at the Rainbow Bridge, it used to really bother me to see him wandering around loose in the middle of the public road. I suspect he may have got hit by a car because one day he was healthy and wandering around in the street; the next day he was totally gone. I truthfully don't know what happened to him. But his disappearance was sudden.

Currently these days, the neighborhood has - in addition to larger dogs - a Yorkie and a small terrier: both who freely and regularly trot down the middle of the street; with their owners nowhere around. They just run free and go wherever they want. So, when driving within our development, one has to be very careful. Larger dogs are easier to spot, but these extra small ones are particularly at risk of being involved in a life endangering accident.

Canon EOS 7D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1/160s f/8.0 at 200.0mm iso640 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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Mieke WA Minkjan12-Jul-2022 17:38
Hopefully the owner kept the dog now inside, might also be a reason
Like the journalistic approach V
Graeme09-Jul-2022 10:04
In the 70's and 80's they used to be a lot of loose running dogs. Looks like this little dog might of sadly been hit by a car.
Dennis Hoyne09-Jul-2022 04:00
Back in the early 50s it seemed dogs were always loose. I didn't know there
were any places left where there were no leash laws, except rural areas.
joseantonio09-Jul-2022 03:33
interesting to know.Thank you for sharing.V.
LynnH09-Jul-2022 02:15
My husband had a problem with an aggressive dog while out walking recently. Fortunately, the owner was around back and heard all the commotion and managed to get the dog in time. We have strict leash laws in our town, but once in a while dogs get loose and it can be bad for them and for people too.
Don Mottershead09-Jul-2022 01:38
Wow, that's not fair to dogs or people.
Helen Betts09-Jul-2022 00:46
I must say, your state is simply unbelievable, for a variety of reasons.
larose forest photos09-Jul-2022 00:39
I remember the days here when dogs ran free through towns, but it is a definite no-no now, has been for decades. This poor little guy probably did meet his fate from running loose.