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Leash your dogs

John Pichitino

Friday morning, July 23, I was riding my bicycle on the unpaved portion of Banner Mountain Trail near the NID ditch when a dog bit me. It was an extremely painful bite on the back of my calf, which caused six punctures. The dog was not on a leash and was running far ahead of its owner.

The attack was unprovoked. The dog saw me coming many yards in advance. I was riding slowly on the side of the road, and as I passed, the animal bit me from behind.

Many people use this beautiful trail to walk their dogs. Most have their pets either leashed or well-trained. However, increasingly I’ve had to contend with dogs that are unleashed and unruly.

As owners, you have a responsibility to keep your pets under control. Being in the woods doesn’t mean to let your animal run as it may. If it’s inclined to snarl, nip, bite or jump up when others approach, leash it. It’s not just common sense – it’s the law.

I ride this area frequently, and I would like appeal to all dog owners to take their responsibility seriously so all may enjoy this wonderful resource.

John Pichitino

Nevada City

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