Cyd Rochford: Honor the leash laws |

Cyd Rochford: Honor the leash laws

As a long time volunteer for Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter/Rescue, I regularly take a homeless dog from the shelter for an outing every Saturday to enjoy an outdoor walk on one of our numerous trails, as well as for socialization, and, hopefully, possibly even adoption!

On a few trails in our area, especially the NID/Red Dog Road trail in Nevada City, our peaceful, stress-free walk is frequently interrupted, however, by a few inconsiderate dog owners who insist on ignoring leash laws. When asked to please leash their dogs, the responses vary: “My dog’s friendly,” “My dog won’t bother yours,” “Why is everyone in such a bad mood?” Or, ear buds so loud that my increasingly desperate plea is ignored.

For those of us who have had our dogs attacked by “friendly” dogs, as well as for the enjoyment of the trails by everyone, please don’t be selfish — be considerate and leash your dogs. If you want your dog off-leash, there are many areas 10 to 15 miles out of town where your dog can run freely.

The shelter waifs deserve a weekly outing in peace while waiting for their forever homes. Please honor the leash laws.

Cyd Rochford

Grass Valley

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