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City's dog problem needs to be 'brought under control'
May 15, 2013 - Karen Bellum, Riverton
I read in the paper on May 9 about the latest case of wild dogs running loose and doing damage.
This is a very major problem in Riverton. Dogs are allowed to run around and get into trouble all the time. Lots of people seem to think it is cool to get a big, aggressive-type dog and then show off by strutting up and down the street with a pit bull or Rottweiler struggling on a leash, trying to intimidate people, I guess.
But when they get home and the let the dog loose in without a good fence, the trouble really starts.
It is more than just poop in yards and chasing sheep. Dogs running out into the streets and roads are a big safety hazard. And I can't count anymore how many times I have walked by a pickup with a dog in the back that lunges at me barking.
The very worst possibility of all is that there will be a mauling of a person by two or three unsupervised dogs that get overly excited. Many people in town have been bitten already, and I hope and pray that something much worse doesn't happen one of these days.
To me, dogs running around making trouble is a serious offense that ought to have serious punishment to go with it. I am glad to read that the owners of these dogs that were written about on May 9 will face prosecution when her or she is tracked down.
By the way, I love dogs in general and have been a dog owner several times in the past. But I have lost all patience with this problem and think the people of the community should pretty much demand that the dog problem be brought under control.