Attention Shoreline citizens, Shoredog.org, Shoreline Mayor and City Council
Each Shoreline Dog Park should be a "NO WEAPONS ZONE"
Leave your weapons in the car, better yet, at home.
> Our dogs are unarmed <
Quail Run, MD - An off duty Federal policeman shot and killed an off-leash Husky in a dog park. This man had his German Shepard on-leash and claimed the (properly off-leash) Husky was posing a danger to him, his wife and his on-leash dog. Witnesses reported rough play by the Husky and Shepard, but nothing more sinister than that. The tragic part is the owner of the German Shepard was armed with his service pistol, loaded with hollow point bullets and chose to fire a round into the Husky's hind quarters rather than break up this undesirable behavior with less lethal methods. All of us dog park regulars are always prepared to break up squabbles using non-lethal methods. It's not that hard folks.
Lady and I are regular dog park visitors. In the short time I've had Lady, we have been to probably 15 different dog parks all over the western U.S. This really hits home, because Lady greets everyone in whatever dog park she is playing in. That means if she was in Maryland that fateful day, it could of just as easily happened to her. I have encountered more clueless and irresponsible dog owners than I care to count. On a good day, they are a nuisance....ARMED.....they could be deadly. It's not the dog's fault. Dogs feed off of their human's energy and can misbehave. If a dog is not socialized, get some proper training before taking them to a park....on-leash or off. Our off-leash dogs are not there as fodder for your unsocialized dog or to show your dog who's boss (yea, that really happened to us in Arizona).
Lady doesn't care what baggage you bring into the park, she greets everyone. On two occasions she has had to stick up for herself when accosted, but those kind of situations were resolved safely and quickly without gun-play. Guns are not the problem here, it's the people (law enforcement or not) that carry deadly weapons into a dog park and the bad decisions that can be made when emotions and ignorance supersede common sense.
Read the on-going story of the shooting in a dog park in Maryland - Link below
Better yet, just Google "justice for bear bear"
Please, no deadly weapons should be allowed in our parks
Lady thanks you