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Control your dog or keep it on a leash
Editor: As a Langley City resident who enjoys being outside and staying active, I love my walks.
After today I don’t know if I’ll be venturing out by myself any time in the near future.
While walking down 53 Avenue near 198 Street, I was lunged at several times by an aggressive pitbull.
The dog, which was off leash in Brydon Park, ran away from its owner and then proceeded to run back and forth at me, preparing for a charge, while it growled menacingly. Fortunately for me, a kind gentlemen saw me screaming and promptly pulled over to ensure I was OK. I sat in his vehicle while we waited for the owner to come and control his dog.
The owner was unapologetic and appeared puzzled that we were upset by his dog’s actions. The dog then darted away again, still off of its leash, and ran down 53 Avenue.
Clearly, the owner had no control over the animal, which did not respond to being called.
I’d like to extend my thanks to the Langley man who graciously stopped to ensure my safety; I very much appreciate his kindness.
I’d also like to ask Langley residents that if you’re unable to control your dog, please don’t take it for walks off of a leash.
Furthermore, if you own a pitbull, realize that this is a breed that will require you to be a skilled pet owner who will need to understand how to exercise and control your dog.
If you are a parent who takes your children to the playground at this park, please be alert.
I’ve never been afraid of dogs but after today I’ll think twice before walking alone in my neighbourhood.