Letters to the Editor
January 7, 2009
Aggressive sheep dogs and no responsibility taken by The Canyons. A bike ride on the Ambush trail with our dog, Chica. Around the corner on the trail were sheep and their aggressive protector, the Great Pyrenees sheep dog. It attacked and almost killed our beloved pet. She is still injured and permanently damaged. Limping now, her biking days may be numbered.
My first few conversations with the risk-management employees at The Canyons were very informative. They said that the man who owns those sheep has been a menace for years. His dogs have charged humans and attacked and bitten other dogs. Had they taken my complaint seriously, perhaps four days later a woman wouldn’t have been bitten in the same area of trail by the sheep dog. She had to endure the series of rabies shots. The sheep dogs didn’t have their rabies vaccines!
The man owning these dogs and his veterinarian (a family member) lied about this in the weeks to come. For legal reasons, the man has rights to the property. The Canyons lawyer was the only one to speak with me now as the others had provided me with too much information. She informed me that in no way was The Canyons liable as they have one sign indicating the aggressive sheep dogs. I stated that since there was a history with these dogs attacking and biting, they should have ensured that the public recreating on their space was not going to be in danger. They should have asked to seen rabies and vaccine records and informed the public better.
They have stood their ground in not assuming any responsibility. They didn’t offer to pay our veterinary bills. Their lawyer had one thing to say: they are not liable. They have one sign to warn recreators. But is advertising a public recreation area where there is a history of attacks a morally correct thing to do? Chica doesn’t think so.
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