What is your position on the issue of controlling certain breeds of dogs in the community as a safety measure?
I have a problem with local government controlling which dogs a Watertown resident can and or can't buy, until it becomes a safety concern. When resident safety is a t risk, we have to work together to ensure safety measures are taken. Whatever the situation, a dog owner has to be accountable for their pet, and the responsibility has to fall directly on the owner. Banning or controlling dog breeds in Watertown is not the answer. Holding the owner accountable and providing the appropriate outlets for training is more productive.
(reprinted from the Watertown Daily Times, Saturday March 23, 2013)