Karen Ricks, Suffolk Park
Sunday, I was lying peacefully on the ‘no dogs’ zone part of beautiful Tallow Beach and was disturbed by barking dogs. I sat up to see three pitbull dogs running loose from their owner. Okay, one was too old to be scary, but the other two young ones were wrestling a piece of rope between them and ran over me where I was lying.
I was scared and gestured to the owner, who was at least 100 metres away, to go north to the dog end of the beach. He did but took a while to collect his dogs.
Young children had been playing only minutes before on that part of the beach.
So I came home and did my research and googled pitbulls and yes, they are supposed to attack no more frequently than any other dog breed. Unfortunately if they do, they do more damage due to their strength. Could that owner have run a 10-second 100m sprint if a young child may have been in the way of the ‘throw the rope’ game?
I placed a sign, next to the council ‘no dogs’ sign, to ask that owner not to set his dogs free on that part of the beach again. He may never read it, or may ignore it. At least it can remind parents to be vigilant and tell careless dog owners to exercise their dogs in appropriate areas.
We all know that Tallow’s ocean can be dangerous to swim in but let’s feel safe on the sand.
From someone who loves dogs.