Dogs in parks?

To the Editor:

For some who suffer from allergies, dogs are definitely not “part of the part of the 21st century family.” While many dogs are well-behaved and well-trained, too many are not, jumping up and nosing strangers without invitation. For those with severe allergies, like my wife and sons, contact with dog dander or saliva brings on rashes and severe breathing difficulties, which may require hospitalization.

Our city parks and playgrounds are among the few outdoor spaces where they can enjoy a reasonable chance of not encountering a potentially life-threatening exposure. Please rethink this idea, or designate one “dog park” that they can avoid. And please don’t make it Cain Park, that wonderful venue, which should be enjoyed by all, even if they have to leave their best friends home.



Sam Bell

Sam Bell
Cleveland Heights

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:58 PM, 06.28.2012