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Leash-free dog area at Live Oak Park not a good idea

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Issue 01, Volume 18.
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More and more, people are starting to take their dogs to the north section of Live Oak Park and setting them loose. Some dogs are let loose in the parking lot, others at baseball fields, some people pick up the loose leash pretending to have the dog in control, or they let their dogs loose by the children’s playground area away from visual contact of rangers.

Last week, I was walking my two dogs leashed, when I saw a German Sheppard walking loose by its owner. I called out and asked that they leash their dog so I could go by. They reached to the ground and picked up the leash only to drop it as I went by. The dog charged. They sauntered over, laughing and pulled their dog away. I complained. The park ranger warned the people that their dog needs to be on a leash. I left. My nerves were frazzled.

In my opinion, when people break the rules at the park, they should be asked to leave. No one got hurt today, thank God. However, there is the possibility of future liability.

How are rules going to be enforced? Rangers are not there all of the time. I should not have been the one to leave the park. Find another area for dogs to roam free, they deserve it but, please, not at Live Oak Park.

Carmen Wesson



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Comment #1 | Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm
People always think that their dog is the good one, but truth is, any dog can act up at any time. Only time will tell how this dog park works out. Hopefully good.
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Comment #2 | Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 8:44 am
Regarding Ms. Carmen Wesson’s letter that an off-leash area at Live Oak Park was not a good idea, it seems her conclusion may be based on inaccurate information. It’s important to note the proposed off-leash area is at the south end of the park, across the street from and completely fenced off from the main body of the park---the park is not proposing to turn the entire park into an off-leash area. Those who wish to enjoy their dogs on leash in Live Oak Park will simply continue to do so, as they always have. Her experience with an irresponsible dog owner was unfortunate, yet points out exactly the need for an off-leash area--there are those that just want to let their dogs romp a bit off leash and of course they should never mingle with leashed dogs. She did the right thing by reporting this to the ranger, and in a perfect world one has every reason to expect the rules to be enforced. When the park successfully opens its first off-leash area for Fallbrook dogs, Ms. Wesson will be free to use the largest part of Live Oak Park with her dog leashed, while those wishing a different experience will have use of the off-leash area. Human nature being what it is, I suspect even then there will be those few who do not respect the rules or rights of others, but a totally separate, fenced, off-leash area within Live Oak Park is definitely a step in the right direction, providing a no-excuses option for those who just have to drop the leash. I have been an active participant in the off-leash area fund-raising effort, along with hundreds of other Fallbrook residents, and look forward to this addition to Live Oak Park.
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Comment #3 | Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 11:18 am
I would prefer, rather than a leash free park, that our local government be vigilant about enforcing leash laws everywhere, especially in residential neighborhoods. I stopped taking early morning walks because too often I found there were packs of large dogs on the loose early in the mornings.

I love dogs, but this type of freedom encourages dogs to revert to wild behavior that can be dangerous to people they don't know.

Dogs need to be with their owners, not running loose.

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