From a fluff piece about Tupper Thomas, ranked No.4 in the Brownstoner’s 50 most influential people in Brooklyn:
To bring in people [to Prospect Park], she arranged for off-leash hours, knowing dog owners would be the park's most loyal users, and soon joggers, cyclists, and bar-b-quers followed.
So because dog owners were officially given what amounts to exclusive use of all the park’s open areas before 9 each morning, joggers and bicyclists felt safe being in the rest of the park during this time, even though they stayed as far away as they could from the unleashed dogs lest they be bitten or tripped; and also felt safe being in the park when the dog owners weren’t there. And today Prospect Park, because of its dog hours, remains a low-crime island in a city with a skyrocketing crime rate. Did we tell you about the 50% off sale we’re running on a local bridge?
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From the Brooklynian online forum:
Re: The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network, the ones that set up on Saturdays in front of John Jay HS @7th Ave at 5th St.
As I walked by last Monday (Columbus Day), their pit bull lunged at me and bit my thigh. Their first response was suggesting it was my fault because I had a bag of groceries in my arm. They also said that was their sweetest dog. They delayed getting the person in charge (who was across the street), hoping I would just walk away. After I persisted they finally brought over the boss. She offered NO apology whatsoever, but tried to get me to sign a medical waiver! WTF??
Unfortunately, that’s the same attitude we encounter regularly from dog owners who let their dogs loose. Which is one reason why we say dog owners have de facto exclusive use of dog areas, and anywhere near them, during dog hours.
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Wednesday, around 3:30 P.M., three unleashed dogs, one on the Nethermead, one on the path by the Lullwater, and one behind the pools. All of the owners were white.