Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Dogs in Madison
A recent dog attack in Madison has led to some increased attention on dog regulations and requirements. As a person who spends time out on the road and about town on foot or bike, I've noticed that many people do not adhere to the requirement that dogs be on a leash or be fenced in. Many mornings I'm confronted with a barking dog running out onto the street where I'm jogging. I see people walking their dog and having it make a pit-stop, leaving a surprise souvenir for the yard owner. I hear dogs whose owners apparently don't recognize how annoying their constantly barking dog is. I see dogs chained in the yard with no visible water or food. I don't think the new regulations will address all these things, but maybe it will help people recognize that owning a dog requires more than bringing it home and feeding it.