Brookhaven, GA, December 18, 2015 – Letter to the Editor, by Cheryl Dupree – The recent letter of Ryan Cranford, more than anything else, tells us why off-leash dogs and their owners are such a problem at Brookhaven Park.
His letter states the park has evolved into one where 80% of the traffic is that of off-leash dogs and their owners. This park was never created as an unofficial dog park. Those of us who don’t have dogs have basically been driven out of the park.
I live within a 5 minute walk from the park and have stopped taking my granddaughter there after many negative experiences both with the off-leash dogs and their owners. When in Brookhaven Park with my granddaughter, why don’t I have the right to play frisbee or practice catching a ball in the open space occupied by the dogs and their owners? I shouldn’t have to be concerned for my granddaughter’s safety with off-leash dogs practicing their “social skills” as they aggressively run toward us. And I certainly shouldn’t have to feel intimidated to ask their owners to leash their dogs without receiving attitude in return.
I live in an HOA community off Osborne and have taken the time to speak with my neighbors regarding this issue at our park. None of my neighbors who have dogs take them to Brookhaven Park because they fear for their dogs safety after bad experiences. Other neighbors who are Seniors won’t go to the park to walk anymore because they fear being knocked down by an off-leash dog.
Every Brookhaven citizen has the right to feel safe and secure in any Brookhaven Park without threat or intimidation by anyone enjoying the park, especially by dogs who are off-leash illegally and their owners.
A fenced in off-leash area would solve these concerns for all. The dogs will be free to run, the owners will be free to socialize with each other and those of us without dogs will be free to enjoy all areas of the park. The dogs and their owners can also enjoy all areas of the park as long as their dogs are on leash.
I was thrilled to learn that the Brookhaven Police Department is going to enforce the well established leash law. This law protects all the citizens of Brookhaven.
Mr. Cranford and all dog owners who enjoy Brookhaven Park, I look forward to you compliance with that law.