Loose dogs a huge problem

LETTER

I write in total agreement with the letter in yesterday’s paper about nuisance dogs in Gisborne.

There is a huge problem here . . . loose dogs running around residential areas, no restrictions on the beaches, dog poo on the walking/cycling paths and, worst of all, the continual noise of those left unattended for hours at a time in properties. The slightest noise sets them off — passing traffic, cyclists, the postie, a courier van, children etc, and once one barks, several more start up. One night recently I was woken by barking in the middle of the night that went on for about 20 minutes.

I should be able to go for a walk, cycle or run without continually having to be alert to loose dogs or loud dogs hurling themselves at fences, making us jump out of our skins. I should also be able to work from home during the day in relative peace and quiet.

I personally think households where people are out all day should not be allowed to keep a dog. And all dogs should be behind an animal-proof fence on a property.

Could we also get some noise/animal control staff out proactively dealing with all the loose dogs? They are easy to see once you drive around.

It is only a matter of time before there is a serious incident with somebody being attacked.

Helen Smith

I write in total agreement with the letter in yesterday’s paper about nuisance dogs in Gisborne.

There is a huge problem here . . . loose dogs running around residential areas, no restrictions on the beaches, dog poo on the walking/cycling paths and, worst of all, the continual noise of those left unattended for hours at a time in properties. The slightest noise sets them off — passing traffic, cyclists, the postie, a courier van, children etc, and once one barks, several more start up. One night recently I was woken by barking in the middle of the night that went on for about 20 minutes.

I should be able to go for a walk, cycle or run without continually having to be alert to loose dogs or loud dogs hurling themselves at fences, making us jump out of our skins. I should also be able to work from home during the day in relative peace and quiet.

I personally think households where people are out all day should not be allowed to keep a dog. And all dogs should be behind an animal-proof fence on a property.

Could we also get some noise/animal control staff out proactively dealing with all the loose dogs? They are easy to see once you drive around.

It is only a matter of time before there is a serious incident with somebody being attacked.

Helen Smith

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