Opinion: Stray dogs drive me barking mad

Stray dogs are a nuisance.
Stray dogs are a nuisance.

To add to the letter by Susan Conway of Bassendean, where she wrote about the brutality inflicted on animals by humans, may I add another point to that.

I am in the unfortunate situation of quite often having to ring the City of Swan to report wandering dogs.

A lot of the time the dog does not have a collar on, so it does make a person wonder if the dog is licensed, if it is microchipped and if the people even care about the welfare of the dog.

The issues are these: The dog could get hit by a vehicle and either injured or killed; a vehicle driver could have an accident if they swerved to avoid the dog; the dog could get teased or tormented by people and then retaliate by biting the person or by running away even further from where they (the dog) lived; and it could get attacked by another dog and injured or killed or by being terrified attack another dog themselves.

People need to always have their dog on a lead the minute they have the dog out the front of their property and they need to make sure that at all times their yard is secure so the dog can not get out.

This is even more important when we have thunderstorms because most dogs get absolutely terrified by those sounds.

Margaret Anne Ryan

Ballajura