Northwest NEWS

June 8, 1998

Editorial

If you are going to own a dog, put up a fence

I want to share what happened to me on the evening of May 19 during that spectacular thunder/lightning storm we had. I drove to the grocery store during that storm, and on the way home, driving down Big Rock Road, I was absolutely amazed at the number of dogs on the road. I managed to avoid over a half dozen, until one of them ran out in front of me and I couldn't stop. I was not traveling anywhere near the speed limit because of the deluge coming down, but I still couldn't stop and I hit the dog.
  
   Needless to say I was extremely upset. I tried to find the owner but did not have any luck. My point is that if you are going to own a dog, take responsibility for it. Those dogs were on the road because they were terrified of the storm. You, the dog owner, are responsible for their safety, not me, the driver on the road. If you are going to own a dog, put up a fence.
  
   The $300+ spent at the vet to save a dog after being hit by a car would be better spent putting up a fence to keep the dog at home and would have saved him and me, the driver, the trauma of hitting him.
   Denise Ensign, Duvall