The my-dog-does-not-bite attitude won’t have tails wagging at Basin meeting |

The my-dog-does-not-bite attitude won’t have tails wagging at Basin meeting

Jay Hamburger The Park Record

A Park City woman bitten by a loose Rottweiler while running on a trail in February has organized a meeting this week to discuss leash laws, long a polarizing topic in a community where many dogs roam freely.

Wendy Halliday, who suffered bites to her upper chest and side in the attack, has arranged a lineup of speakers including representatives from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the Friends of Animals and Mountain Trails Foundation. A City Hall representative has also been asked to speak. The Sheriff’s Office is of special importance since Summit County Animal Control is under its umbrella.

The event is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at ZBsports at Newpark. Halliday said she hopes at least 25 people attend. The event is open to the public.

Leash laws are in effect on public property throughout Park City and surrounding Summit County. The laws, though, are regularly ignored. Dog owners often let their dogs off leash in populated areas like Old Town as well as on the trails.

Enforcement of leash laws, though, is controversial, particularly in the Park City area. Some prefer lax enforcement, arguing that stricter measures would not fit into the mountain-town vibe. Others want the authorities to more aggressively uphold the law.

"How can we Run Safely in a time when these laws are not being enforced or is the community ignoring the safety of others by using the term ‘My Dog Does Not Bite’. How many times have we heard this as their dog comes straight for your ankles," an announcement of the Thursday event says.

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The attack on Halliday occurred on a trail in Round Valley called La Dee Duh. The owner of the dog had it put down, a County Courthouse official said afterward.

For more information about the event on Thursday call 645-6001.