Some inconsiderate, oblivious woman decided her dogs just had to bathe in a sprinkler in a children’s playground because they’re big and get hot. She complains that a horrified mother demanded that they get out.
As one of the comments noted, dogs are not allowed in children’s playgrounds by order of the NYC Parks Dept: “No dogs allowed: Dogs are not permitted in these areas at any time. These areas include playgrounds, zoos, swimming pools/facilities, bathing areas/beaches, fountains, ballfields, or on basketball/handball/tennis courts.”
Someone else ought to tell her—just as someone should have told those who demanded off-leash privileges to exercise their big dogs—that if she can’t deal with her animals without bothering other people, she shouldn’t keep them. Nothing entitles her to keep big dog in the city. It’s not fair to the dogs and it’s not fair to anyone else. You want a big dog, get a farm.
And in one of the other comments, Bob Marino, president of the New York Council of Dog Owners Groups, an off-leash advocacy organization, pontificates:
Finally, please remember that if dog owners violate rules, those who oppose off-leash or hate dogs are empowered. Many of those people are petty, spiteful individuals who spend inordinate hours attacking city dog owners by spreading their lies, distortions, and propaganda. They have already picked-up on this question and have posted it in numerous locations as “evidence” of the selfishness of dog owners.
We suppose that these "lies, distortions, and propaganda" include our postings about all of the dogs that are illegally unleashed. Bob, if you really care about this, why not get your buddies at PEP to ticket these many individuals--or are they your prime supporters? And while we maintain that the existence of off-leash is sufficient evidence of selfishness of some dog owners (as well as far darker things), the numerous--they're everywhere you look--off-leash scofflaws who are not satisfied with their generous off-leash privileges and insist on inflicting themselves on everyone else illegally as well as legally is simply more evidence of it.
Meanwhile on the Brooklynian Park Slope forum, a female (apparently) dog owner was complaining that her dog—and her friends’ dogs; just how many were there? — were menaced by a couple of pit bulls while they were bathing in the fountains at the Vale of Cashmere:
I experienced this guy yesterday morning. A few of us went to the Vail [sic] area to let our dogs jump in the clean water and he yelled at us about how dogs are supposed to be in Long Meadow not over there.
Our correspondent pointed out:
Why was she letting her mutt play in the water at the Vale fountain in the first place? Her excuse was that Dog Beach is "too dirty" for her precious canine snowflake! "Too dirty.."??? I mean honestly lady ..it's a dog!! Get over yourself! Meanwhile, the birds have nowhere left in Prospect Park to call their own. It's ridiculous!
Thank you Datnioides for the tip. Read the entire discussion. Only one person pointed out that all of the owners deserve tickets, the pit bull owner for having his dogs off-leash in a non-off-leash area and the others for letting their dogs in the fountain. One person even had the nerve to cite the rule that "Dogs should not be off-leash during off-leash hours if they are not responsive to voice command." But this is Park Slope, where laws seem to apply to everyone else.