To the Editor:
My bumper sticker shows a happy dog holding a leash in her mouth waiting for the best part of the day. Walking your dog should be a relaxing, peaceful and fun activity.
A recent walk was anything but that. It started like every afternoon. I arrived home to find Letty ready and waiting by the door for our daily excursion. We set off.
In an instant, our world changed. As we walked around St. Charles Township, I noticed two loose dogs. One of them began barking; we kept walking. As we rounded a circle, the bigger dog was cutting across the circle to intersect our path. His walk was slow, determined and deliberate.
My heart nearly stopped. Dang! Another unsupervised dog: no owner, no leash, no collar.
This time, though, was not a near miss. This time my greatest fear, from this all too common occurrence, happened. He attacked.
He paused briefly before continuing his mission. He ripped into Letty; she cowered. I screamed for help. A young boy came to the door of the house from where the attacking dog had started from. The boy did nothing but move back into the house.
A woman came to the door. The woman did nothing but move back into the house. I am screaming, screaming for help. The attacker continues his assault.
An older boy stood at the door. The teen did nothing but move back into the house. I am screaming, screaming for help.
A Good Samaritan in an SUV stopped and tried to help me. Letty crawled under his vehicle. The attacker was too big to fit under but tried his hardest to pull her out and continue his onslaught.
I am forever grateful for this Samaritan. Without his help, Letty most surely would have been killed.
Hours later, I told my story to a Kane County deputy.
This must stop – unsupervised dogs, dogs supposedly contained by electronic fences, people walking dogs without leashes. I am sickened by it all, and now Letty is paying the price.
Owners, be responsible; do the right thing. Keep your dogs leashed, in your house, or in a secured and physically fenced in area.
The unthinkable does happen. For the safety of all, have the common decency to follow the rules of good pet ownership.
Let a relaxing afternoon walk return to being just that.
St. Charles Township