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Mailbag: The scoop on dog problems

March 21, 2012

Thanks to Chris Epting for writing the article about the dog problems at Bolsa Chica, the over-the-top dog obsession in Huntington Beach and raising awareness ("The O'Reilly factor is at Bolsa Chica," In the Pipeline, Feb. 23).

I have lived in H.B. for 37 years. I have been a dog and animal person most of my life. I have had all types of farm and exotic animals.

Both my wife and I have become more fans of wild animals and less fans of the huge domestic animal population. We enjoy watching what little wildlife is left trying to coexist in this hostile environment that we have created for it.

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It seems like our town's people have become so obsessed with their dogs! I don't recall ever having so many dogs and cats in this town. The irony of it is that most of the people in our community (downtown) don't have adequate yards/space for these animals, especially the large dogs, and most are so busy yupping around and away from home that they hire "dog walkers." (Huh?)

Then there is all the barking and howling throughout the day and night because the animals are cooped up and lonely. This just doesn't seem right. This can't be good for the animals, the people or the environment. It is way out of control!

I don't understand the concept that it is OK to take one's animal for a walk to relieve itself on someone else's yard or property, public or private, for that matter. Even if you do pick up, there is still the urine and residue of, literally, hundreds of dogs and cats.

Most dog people do not obey leash laws. They think it is OK to let their dogs run around without a leash in the neighborhood, parks, schools, beaches, etc. It just seems totally rude to knowingly let your animals defecate on someone else's property. There is animal urine and feces all over our public sidewalks, landscaping, streets, etc.

Here's an idea: Why not have the dogs go in their own yard first before they go for the walk? We have some friends who own a couple of big dogs, and they have a large yard for them.

The dogs are trained so that whenever they take them for a walk, they must first relieve themselves in their own backyard. They literally just say, "Let's go for a walk," and the dogs jump up and happily run out to their backyard to take care of business so they can now walk the 'hood without imposing on anyone.

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