There was a PEP officer trying to get to her car and at the same time avoid all the dogs. I asked her if she thought this was what the commissioner had in mind when he created the off-leash policy. She just shook her head in disbelief. One of the walkers had a stack of bandannas that she used on her charges, presumably, to help her identify them when they were off-leash. She piled them on top of a parked car that belonged to a park worker, who just happened to be passing in a park vehicle. She asked the dog walker to remove them from the hood of her car.
Update from Datnioides:
Seriously. Why have a dog if you don't have the time to train it and exercise it? I thought the whole point of having a dog was bonding with it, training it, and getting out and exercising it, by WALKING IT ON A LEASH!!!! How much exercise can you get by standing around and watching your off leash dog "socialize" with other dogs? Dogs need to socialize with PEOPLE, interacting with as many different kinds of people as possible in their environment, preferably when the dogs are still pups. (Weekly visits to the Greenmarket worked well for my puppy!) This supposed need for "doggie socialization" to prevent dog aggression towards humans is a fantasy invented by the off leash fringe element to justify their imposition on public resources. Pet owners, stop humanizing your dogs and get off your kiesters and hand walk them! Your dog wants nothing more than to spend time with YOU, exercising and walking with YOU. Professional dog walkers and doggie play dates are a JOKE. If you are too lazy or just don't have the time to exercise your dog properly yourself, get a CAT!!!
Another way of looking at is that one of the supposed reasons for off-leash is to permit dog owners to socialize. Surrogate dog owners too?
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Call last Friday afternoon from a PEP sergeant, responding to "our complaint about illegaly unleashed dogs in Prospect Park". Apparently--he wasn't sure--it was our complaint to the precinct, that was forwarded to DOPR. The sergeant explained that they were diligently enforcing the rules, and had issued 8 off-leash summonses in March and 13 in April. We guffawed. He seemed genuinely interested in the list we gave of all of the places one could find unleashed dogs during off-leash hours, such as the Ravine, Wellhouse Road, and the ballfields, and the Nethermead in the evening; and claimed to be unaware that all of this was happening. The sergeant also said that PEP had eight agents in all of Brooklyn. We shall see if this call makes any difference, but remain skeptical.
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Today, three unleashed dogs on a ballfield at the corner of Cross Bay Blvd and N. Conduit Avenue in Queens. Owner was black.