Waterville has a leash law that requires all dogs to be on a leash when in public places.

That does not mean if the dog listens to its owner, doesn’t normally jump on people or if the dog and owner are in the woods on a trail, the dog doesn’t have to be leashed.

The law covers all parts of Waterville, including the Quarry Road recreation area.

It is very annoying when walking one’s dog on a leash and another dog that is off its leash runs up to the leashed dog, causing a ensuing tangle of dogs, leash and owner. The city does have a dog park where dogs can run free off the leash.

And if owners can’t control their dogs, they should either get them trained or get rid of them.

Our daughter and Lab were accosted by the three large Great Danes last week because the person walking them (smaller than the dogs) could not control them.

I want to express my appreciation to the passersby who came to my daughter’s aid.

I plead to the Waterville police/animal control offer to enforce the city’s animal ordinances and avoid injury to owners and pets.

Rick Pullen


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