My mom and brother live in a townhouse, in a complex. There’s an enormous courtyard in the middle of the complex that’s almost entirely enclosed. They have a dog, Chloe, who is pretty much the sweetest animal I have ever met. And she’s like that with everyone she meets, immediately. For the past two nights, she has slept with me on the couch – there’s barely enough room for the two of us! She’s amazing and I adore her.
There’s a leash law where my mom and brother live, but they would frequently let her off leash in the courtyard, to run and play. She always comes when called, always. And she was never out there unsupervised. The neighborhood children love her and would play and run with her – they love her so much they used to come to my mom’s door and ask if Chloe could come out and play! How adorable is that?!
Recently a police officer showed up to my mom’s door. A neighbor reported her for having the dog off leash, and told the police that the dog was dangerous. Dangerous. The neighborhood dog that played and ran with the children all day. Unfortunately, since there is a leash law, my mom can no longer let her off leash – if she’s reported again she is charged with a felony and has to go to court. I know that the reason someone called and reported a dangerous dog had to be purely based on her looks, not any behaviors. She’s a boxer mix, around 60 pounds, and has a cute block head. She could be mistaken for a pit bull mix, and someone decided that she’s dangerous based on that. And it’s infuriating. She would never hurt anyone, and now has to be on the leash all the time and my mom had to explain to the neighborhood children why she can no longer run around and play with them.
It’s so frustrating – you cannot judge a dog based purely on looks or breed. Why report it? She was never unsupervised, is always obedient and comes when called, never ran outside of the courtyard, was not a menace to anyone, and just wants to play and love. Ridiculous.