The city of Patterson has a problem with loose dogs. About a year ago, my Pomeranian was attacked by a pit bull in our own front yard. My dog was leashed and keeping me company while I gardened, only to be mauled and nearly killed. It cost more than $2,000 for surgery to save her.
Since that incident, many people have shared their stories about pit bull attacks with me. I am told, and have seen myself, that one must carry a stick to fend off dogs when walking around town.
When I take my dog for a walk, I need to be constantly vigilant. I find that I see loose dogs at least twice a week during our walks. People need to keep their animals under control. I would like prospective dog owners to think twice before they adopt a dog that may eat someone’s beloved pet. I just want to be able to enjoy a walk with my dog without being in fear that she will be eaten.
Rebekah Graser, Patterson