Letters to the Editor
May 14, 2008
Due to the recent controversy over unleashed dogs, I feel it necessary to resubmit this letter for the purpose of education. These are the facts concerning unleashed dogs and dog attacks as they appear in the Park City Municipal Code:
Title 7 Animal Control
Chapter 3 Violations
Section 7-3-2 DOGS RUNNING AT LARGE
It shall be unlawful for the owner or the person having charge, care, custody or control of any dog to allow such dog at any time to run at large. The owner or person charged with responsibility for a dog found running at large shall be strictly liable for a violation of this section regardless of the precautions taken to prevent the escape of the dog and regardless of whether or not he knows that the dog is running at large. Deemed "at large" unless personally controlled by a lease or lead in condo common areas, public parks, parking lots open to the public, ski areas, golf courses and shopping centers.
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Section 7-3-6 DOGS ATTACKING PERSONS AND ANIMALS
(A) ATTACKING DOGS.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or the person having charge, care, custody or control of any dog to allow such dog to attack, chase or worry any person, any domestic animal having a commercial value, or any species of hoofed protected wildlife, or to attack domestic fowl. "Worry" as used in this section shall mean to harass by tearing, biting or shaking with the teeth, or without provocation to chase or approach any person in an apparent attitude of attack when such person may be in a place where he/she has a right to be.
(D) DOGS MAY BE KILLED.
Any person may kill a dog while it is committing any of the acts specified in (A) above or while such dog is being pursued thereafter.
These ordinances are virtually identical for Summit County and the entire state of Utah. There is a reason dogs are the only domestic animal required to be on a leash when in public. Know your responsibilities and the ordinances involved. Be aware of the consequences to you and your dog if you choose to ignore these ordinances.
To help schools cope, register kids now
No one likes large class sizes. No one wants their child to be assigned to the "new teacher" the school has to hire in October because more students show up than was expected. Schools are allocated their numbers for hiring teachers in the spring, based on the estimated number of students for the following year.
What can we do to prevent large classes and to prevent the need to hire an instructor after school starts? REGISTER your kids! NOW! If you are new to Park City, if you have a child moving from private school into public, the schools need to know about you sooner rather than later. The more accurate the PCSD estimates are, the better it is for all of us.
Let’s keep our ability to hire the best, most qualified teachers (because we can hire them BEFORE school starts), let’s keep our class sizes small and let’s avoid surprises at the beginning of the school year. The schools want to be prepared for our students. REGISTER TODAY!
Trailside staff feels appreciated
The teachers and staff at Trailside Elementary would like to thank our wonderful parents for the fabulous Teacher Appreciation week. They provided the staff with themed lunches Monday-Thursday, as well as with massages and daily gift drawings. They made all of us feel very special and so appreciated. Our school is successful because of the support, talents and time that our parents put into the school. Thanks to you all!
On behalf of the staff at Trailside Elementary
Prospector pools going to the dogs
This Saturday, May 17th, Silver Mountain Sports Club is having a unique event called "Dog Daze of Summer" open to the public to benefit the Summit County Friends of Animals. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we are allowing dogs to swim in our Prospector Club’s two large outdoor pools. Admittance is $10 per dog or $7 per dog with a donated item for FOA (i.e. cat litter, dog toys, leashes, collars, bed, crates, etc).
Our pools will be chemical and chlorine free for the event. Silver Mountain Sports Club will drain and clean the pools after the event, as well as do scheduled maintenance before filling the pools for the busy summer season. We needed to empty our pools to do the maintenance anyway so we thought it would be fun to let the dogs enjoy the water before we did that.
I hope everyone can come out with their dogs and have a great time. Barbecue food will be available to purchase and you can play on our professional sand volleyball court. Summit County Friends of Animals is a great organization and we are happy to support them with this fun event.
Stanton D. Jones
Silver Mountain Sports Club
What a way to promote solitude!
Please add the Crossings of Lake Creek to the list of offending aerial advertisers that have been using that loud, annoying little plane to constantly blitz us all weekend (it’s on its sixth pass as I type). Their Web site http://mycrossings.com says: "A community with country charm, solitude and city conveniences only minutes away." Way to promote solitude? I must have missed the advertising class in business school that taught you to irritate your audience. If you want to express your displeasure with the genius real-estate developers and Coldwell Banker real-estate agents who think this a good way to promote their development, you can call:
Ross Clark at 801-949-4314
Kristie Cox at 435-640-5650
Logan Cannon at 801-918-9375
Julie Smith at 801-712-8569
I call upon the county to consider a ban on this nuisance to our community or provide us all with Bose noise-canceling headphones to wear.
Savannah had more friends than she knew
We just had the classic, caring, small-town experience of why the Strachan family lives in Park City. Our 9-year-old golden retriever, Savannah, was taken to White Pine Veterinary Clinic by our son Adam unexpectedly on Monday. Her spleen had ruptured, and there was an 80% chance of cancer. Kristine and I flew home and All Resort Express (driver Brian Duffett) rushed us up through traffic with nothing but sympathy from other Park City passengers and a Quicksilver fellow from North Dakota. Dr. Hope Teyler and the White Pine staff stayed open until we arrived and told us about Savannah’s operation. We brought Savannah home the next morning, Tuesday, and she rested until 3:00 p.m.; she had a seizure and the White Pine staff was waiting outside with a stretcher at 3:15 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. Dr. Hope Teyler told Kristine and me she recommended putting her down. The White Pine Veterinary Clinic staff comforted her and us in a very hard time.
In Park City we’ve all known and loved great dogs Jan Peterson’s "Moose," Harry Reed’s "Brownie" and many, many others and they are an intimate part of living here. So, we want to thank Dr. Hope Teyler, the White Pine Veterinary Clinic Staff, All Resort Express, the understanding fellow passengers, and our friends for their sympathy.
Gordon and Kristine Strachan