Ken Leighton 1 p.m., June 27
- Community Blog
Dogs Need a Break in South Carlsbad
There are thousands of dogs in the southwest quadrant of the city and we have a giant beautiful Poinsettia Park just up the street, with plenty of room for a fenced in dog park. How many off leash parks in this city? One. Is it big enough for all the dogs in the city? No. It's not even big enough for the dogs that use it. I had to stop going there when a golden bit me, and the owner sat there on his phone. Tiny little dogs and big old dogs on top of each other, and the shredded tree bark is disgusting- it may look nicer than dirt, but it's unsanitary. Dog owners in my part of town are forced into driving to other cities to use the off leash parks. It's ridiculous. The city puts out a recreational guide every year or several times a year, and we have more swimming pools and golf courses than any city our size, we've got beautiful lagoons, walking trails and plenty of places for kids to play sports, but only one dog park. I'm sure county animal control could give us the stats, but the calls from pissed off neighbors must be the nightmare of their lives. Dogs need to run around, spend their energy, socialize with each other to lead a self confident, balanced life. If you have to keep them cooped up all day, and leashed every time you walk them, they can create issues for the owners and irritate the neighbors. Come On Carlsbad, get it together and give us a break.