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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

This is in reference to the extremely disturbing article appearing in the July 18th Queens Chronicle, “Dog attack leads to leash law questions” (multiple editions), which describes the horrific incident concerning an innocent family pet being attacked by an unleashed rottweiler who dashed across the street to fatally harm this pet.

If the ferocious animal had been leashed the owner could have stopped it from crossing the street. Equally disturbing is the police response that “options” were limited because no officer witnessed the attack. Obviously, this poor pet did not have a chance with this greatly larger animal. No “witnessing” is necessary to compare the size of the large animal to the much smaller pet and what resulted. This certainly is not an isolated incident and is happening more often because the situation is left unattended. How many more pets have to pay the ultimate price of their lives because the powers that be evidently do not care enough to resolve this problem. Many friends and I have witnessed owners walking large leashed animals with great difficulty controlling their vicious dogs, so think how much worse an unleashed large dog is to anybody who happens to be walking by. Not only do the community residents have to worry about their beloved pets but they have to worry about themselves being attacked by these completely uncontrollable unleashed animals. What used to be a joy to relax and walk in our own neighborhood has turned into absolute fear for ourselves as well.

Where are our elected officials who happily pose for one reason or another in the newspapers but cannot address this ongoing problem? The only official mentioned in the article is Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. who seems to advocate protection for pets from vicious animals. Vallone is following up and is “hopeful things will change next year.”

Do we have to wait a year and possibly have more incidents before a resolution is met? Too long a time. Action should be taken immediately by our officials and agencies of “dog experts.” It is difficult enough accepting the death of our pets from sickness but Chico’s killing was preventable and, therefore, unnecessary.

Can anyone possibly imagine the utter horror pet parents experience by having to stand by helplessly and watch their devoted pet being mangled and shredded by a large, vicious animal whose owner allows it to roam unleashed, ready to attack.

To Pauline Blenner, I as well as the many people I have spoken to about this incident extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and pray you will receive complete satisfaction regarding this most unfortunate incident which was unspeakably terrible.

Jay Iarro
Ozone Park

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