Letter: What turns dog owners from Jekyll to Hyde?

Editor:

Why is it that decent, civil and law-abiding citizens, when they take Fido for a walk, metamorphosize into arrogant, illiterate, petty criminals?

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As soon as they step out the front door with Fluffy, the leash is on and together they walk along the sidewalk, acknowledging their neighbours with a fond greeting and, in this time of COVID-19, passing with grace, respect and distance the folks they encounter along the way.

But then the park entrance nears and, as soon as they are over the threshold, Mr. Hyde takes hold. Seemingly unable to read the “No dogs allowed” or “Dogs must be on leash” signs, the canine is untethered, terrorizing peaceful park occupants. And who was the genius who decided to allow dogs on provincial park trails?

I have for many years hiked the Trophy Mountain Meadows, a trail which has seen a huge increase in traffic from when I first ventured through its tranquil spaces some 30 years ago.

It is good to see so many folks hiking through the meadows, but most dog owners ignore the signs commanding that canines must be on leashes.

This could have disastrous consequences should the dog chase after a wild animal.

Those in charge need to seriously review the decision to allow dogs on provincial park trails before there is serious injury to a wild animal or fellow hiker.

Paul Corcoran

Kamloops

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