Dog owners should take more responsibility

Navigating the unsavoury conditions is, unfortunately, the norm

Re: Marijuana toxicity starting to appear in local dogs (Gazette, April 15)

As a pet owner, I can empathize with the concern for a treasured pet, as well as the hit on the pocketbook. I, too, have experienced concerns navigating unsavoury conditions because of the thoughtlessness of others. It’s a shame. But it is also a fact of life most are cognizant of.

I keep my dogs on a leash and under constant scrutiny. The fact is, I often know what my dogs are going to be attracted to before the dogs do. I would suggest the owner needs to be far more vigilant when walking her dogs.

There have been great strides made regarding the medical applications of cannabis in both human and animals. The idea, however, that the pet owner can champion her negligence and fault cannabis, is straight out of the annuals of Reefer Madness.

How about a leash and muzzle ordinance for both?

Wayne Phillips

Hamilton, Ont.

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