By Letter to the Editor on January 12, 2017.
With the recent ban of all pit bull-type dogs in Montreal and other incidents in the media of dogs gone bad, I feel compelled to share an incident that happened to me.
We live on a small acreage on the outskirts of Raymond. We have two large outdoor dogs and rather than tie them up, we chose to put an electronic boundary around three acres of our property. The dogs are happy, friendly and well taken care of.
The other day, I happened to look out of our window and I saw a young man jump out of a car, run to the edge of the electric boundary and flap his hands closely under our dogs noses, laughing while the dogs barked. Then he quickly jumped back into the car with his friends and left.
Here is my concern.
What would happen if this young man got too close or the electronic boundary failed while he was teasing the dogs? Or, perhaps they may remember him when we take them for a run.
Who would be responsible? Would we be sued and the dogs destroyed? What about the anguish caused for all concerned?
Sometimes, in these cases of people getting hurt by dogs, we need to take a closer look to see if there is more to the story than just assuming it was a vicious dog.
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