2013-08-30 / Letters

Fishermen Not Pet-Friendly

Dear Editor,

I hope this letter reaches a lot of your pet owners and readers and will prevent the same incident that occurred to our dog yesterday.

First of all, I find it irresponsible and inconsiderate of these so-called fishermen who fish along the wall of Beach Channel Drive going west after Tribute Park, to leave their discarded fishing tools (hooks, lines and sinkers) and chopped off fish-heads along the walkway which runs parallel along the wall. Some locals, such as us, walk along the walkway to view the Manhattan skyline and to exercise our dogs.

Unfortunately, our Rocky was entangled in fish line and had three fish hooks embedded in his rear paws which had to be surgically removed by the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways yesterday. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering Rocky had to endure.

I wonder whose responsibility it is besides the fishermen, to assure this area along Beach Channel Drive is kept clean and free of hazards? Is it the Parks Department, whose crews seem to sit inside and besides the Tribute Park or the Federal Park Police units who seem to do nothing to these fishermen but pass them by?

We have attempted to warn other pet owners and neighbors of the dangerous conditions that lurk along the wall and hope your printing of this article will reach others.

We would also like to comment on our appreciation to Dr. Michal Hess and the staff at the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways for their urgent care and treatment which included emergency surgery to remedy Rocky’s misfortune.

Rockawayites, human and animals, BEWARE of the hazards that are lying by the Beach Channel Drive wall.

KIM M. MANNINO

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