The city of Kenosha has many beautiful beaches and parks that so many of us enjoy. Seniors and little kids, boaters, anglers, exercise enthusiasts and tourists enjoy the parks and paths created for our recreation.
Unfortunately, I can’t enjoy taking my dog for a walk on the same beaches and paths because of dog owners who find Kenosha’s leash law/dog at large ordinance to be irreverent.
In August 2017, my son and I were on the North Pier beach walking our 4-month-old Blue Heeler. My pup was attacked by an untethered dog that had very obviously whelped recently while the owner was strolling 200 yards away. I pulled my pup up by her leash, handed her to my son and chased this dog off as the owner shambled up with a weak apology. Fortunately, my dog wasn’t hurt, just badly shaken as were my son and I.
Understandably, my dog does not react graciously to unknown dogs bounding up to her and she becomes apprehensive and fearful. Recently, while walking on the Dunes, we were accosted by two dogs that were left to run free while their owners trailed far beyond the distance to be of any help.
After much snarling, snapping, barking and the scariest offensive plays I had in my book, the dogs took off with ensuing feeble apologies. My dog settled down after 3 hours and some ice cream.
Currently, the city’s maximum fine for dog at large is $313. My dog’s life and safety is beyond a dollar value. Please use leashes in public, for the safety of all of our dear pets.