A letter writer (click here) to this paper claims that Mayor Godfrey is making up the problem of dogs on Ogden’s trails, even to the point of saying there’s no complaints of dog poop up there.
Not sure what trail that guy is hiking on. Perhaps I was imagining the large pile of brown stuff — Solidified sunshine? Fertilizer? — we came across Monday hiking the trail north from 36th Street. Maybe I should have called the city.
This person feels dogs and their owners are being unfairly picked on while the police ignore gang issues and other dangers. From what I read — declaring Trece a civic danger — the city is actually trying real hard to tamp down the gang problem. The cops can’t be everywhere at once and, anyway, his issue is with the dog catcher, not the police. They’re two separate departments.
I’m glad to see the crackdown. My corgi likes to run loose, but I worry that if he is loose up on the trail he can get into trouble with a snake or a skunk or another dog and, of course, if he takes a dump far off to the side of the road it’s hard to clean up. A leash protects him better and makes my life easier.
People who let their dogs run loose are who make me mad. Their dog could attack mine — you never know which dogs will fight — and without it being on a leash there’s nothing the humans can do about it. People who think it’s ok for their dog to take a dump on the trail because “it’s out in nature and poop is natural” forget that the smell may be natural, but it’s also not pleasant. Nor is it pleasant to have to walk by the stuff.
I have have several friends who’ve been nabbed by the dog cop and given $80 tickets for having their dog off leash (despite the letter writer’s claim, this is less than the standard punishment for rape) and I’ve clucked sympathetically, but I’ve also thought “so keep the dog on a leash.”
Either that or take the critter to the off-leash park (the new one in West Ogden or one behind Shopko in South Ogden) or go out into the wilds where there’s more room and fewer dogcatchers.