Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 16, 2013

Neighborhood unsafe to walk while dog is on the loose

The other day I was walking to my home when a brown and white Boxer dog came charging at me, barking and growling.

In an attempt to avoid the dog, I turned into a neighbor’s driveway. The dog continued to charge, so I threw my walking stick at it while losing my footing in the snow, causing me to fall on my back and lose my glasses.

The dog stood over my face, growling and pulling on my clothing. I put my hands over my face as it became more aggressive. Finally, I was able to get on my feet.

I then saw a neighbor lady across the street, yelling at the dog. She told me the dog bit her a few weeks ago.

Upon my arrival home, I called 911 to report the incident. I also called the owner, and he admitted owning the dog.

The next morning, Animal Control came to my home and issued a written warning to the owner. A couple of days after the incident, county authorities notified me the owner agreed to adopt the dog out.

I feel the dog should be put down for biting and attacking two people. Had I injured the dog, I would have been in trouble.

Adopting the dog out only transfers the problem.

It certainly was a very traumatic experience for taking a walk.

Jerry Grabenstein

LaVale

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