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Poll: What Kind of Dog Rules Do You Want?

Are current rules too stringent, or would you like to see more active education of dog owners?

Dog lovers last week over talks of amending Sonoma's municipal code to strengthen rules: specifically, rules regarding Pit Bulls. 

Ultimately the city , asking for feedback on plans to increase community outreach events for pet owners and low-cost spay/neuter clinics.

Almost 60 of you weighed-in on the follow-up article, sharing it almost 300 times on facebook.

Opinions are diverse. While most who came before the council were horrified by the idea of increased dog rules, a number said they feel fear when they encounter neighborhood dogs.

Though Sonoma is a known as a dog-friendly place, many dog owners have complained that banning dogs from the Plaza and several trails gives another impression.

So, we'd like to make your opinion's official: What changes would you like to see in Sonoma's dog rules?

Alexis Fitts September 15, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Wyatt, I've removed this comment. Please read the Patch guidelines on name-calling.
Patrick Bohler September 16, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Wyatt, it's not personal, it's common sense. As to the dog that mauled your son, do you recall the breed/type? What was the outcome?
Patrick Bohler September 16, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Alexis, I will admit I was heavy handed in my response. I do tend to edit my comments quite a bit before responding, yet there are those that still ruffle feathers. I really can't sugar coat my feelings on issues like this. I've got to be honest and express myself.
wyatt oftedal September 16, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Yes Patrick it was a mix breed and the outcome was not good part of his upper leg is gone, I did fine out later that the dog had bit before. Having always had a dog as a family pet I am happy that my son does not feel angar towards dogs in fact he and sadie (our dog) are best friends
Patrick Bohler September 16, 2011 at 02:08 AM
I'm glad this didn't leave your son with a fear of dogs. I'm sure you were a big part of that process with him. Sometimes kids don't get over it. I have recently met a person who as an adult, is still coming to terms with her own incident. My two Pit Bulls have been a part of her healing. I do hope the owners were held accountable both financially by paying your incurred medical bills and were made to pay a hefty fine. A little jail time for being a second offense would have made an impact.

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