2002-01-12 / Letters

Note to Dr. Sal

Note to Dr. Sal

Dear Editor:

First off, Dr. Sal, you made a lot of valid points, however all dog owners are not the same. (And neither are the dogs.) Yeah, I walk all four of my dogs on the beach. And every time I do I risk getting a summons. Why you may ask? I’ll give you my Reasons.

First off, I love my animals, and know the value of proper exercising. Dogs need wide open spaces to run and to socialize with other animals.

Second, everyone who lives here loves the beach. All should be able to enjoy it including dogs and their owners.

Your letter really exaggerates the problem with dog feces and urine. I don’t know where you live on the peninsula but I walk for miles on the beach and find broken glass and foul garbage to be an even greater issue for public safety. Don’t get me wrong, there is dog feces. People should carry poop bags and try to get their pets to relieve themselves before hitting the sand. Not picking up poop seems to be an issue on and off the sand.
With the large quantities of dog feces all around the neighborhood it is obvious that not many pet owners clean up after their animals al all!

It is against the law and police should enforce this to get people to realize that this behavior is unacceptable. Animal waste spreads disease and should not be left behind on the beach or elsewhere. Dogs should have an area on the beach where they can be exercised or at least at certain times i.e. off season, or before 9 am or after 9 pm. Animals that are properly exercised and socialized with other animals are less likely to develop behavioral problems which could lead to people dumping dogs and we all know the results of strays which are also to blame for dog feces and urine on the beach or boardwalk.

Dr. Sal you are obviously not an "animal person" because if you were you would have written some type of solution to this problem. Responsible dog people are some of the most caring friendly people out there. How many people do you know besides the mailman who goes out no matter what the weather is like, to do right by their pets? Do you think it’s really enjoyable to walk anywhere, street or beach, when the wind is howling at 30 mph or when it is raining or freezing cold? But pet owners do it out of the love of their pets.

Remember, dogs are man’s best friend. Man created them and man should be responsible for them and all their actions. I am a responsible pet owner and pick-up after all my animals. Over the years I have gotten a number of summonses throughout this great city of ours. This will not stop me from running my four dogs on the beach

(two of which were strays that I took in.) It’s like double-parking, you know it’s against the law but sometimes you just got to do it.

And on a closing note. Dr. Sal, walking on the beach without shoes is risky business here in N.Y.C. For your own safety, my solution to your stepping in crap is to look where you are walking if you must walk barefoot. Next time you could get cut by broken glass or rusty metal and then you would need a tetanus shot!

Remember, there are no problems, just solutions.

P.S. How do you teach a water dog not to want to swim in the ocean? It’s cruel. It’s like waving a lollipop in front of a baby’s face and saying no!

THERESA INGE


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