I have read recent columns and letters on dogs, and leashing them, with interest ("Keep your dogs safe — on a leash," In the Pipeline, Feb. 24; "Rude dog owners flout the law," Sounding Off, March 10). I agree with the goal of preventing people's dogs from harming others, although I think those with a chip on their shoulder about "killer dogs" might be best off staying indoors to avoid the panoply of more-serious threats they face. And I, as a dog owner, resoundingly support the edict to "clean up after your dog" (and occasionally others') to make up for things you may have missed.
However, if avoiding feces and injury or death to other creatures is an objective, we must consider leashes for cats when they are outdoors. Cats regularly attack birds and are decimating the songbird population of the U.S.
If foul conditions are a concern, we need to consider cats as well. Cats leave feces barely — or not at all — buried in the yards of people who do not have cats. Cats "spray" foul-smelling liquids all over people's property. And cat owners do not wish to be responsible for their pets' behavior.