Posted: 18/10/2014 at 23:14
I have owned a number of dogs in the past. I always kept them on a lead when out walking. They did run free in my garden but it was well fenced and there was no possibility of access by anyone unless I allowed them in.
I love dogs, but I think it is unacceptable for them to bite anyone unless they are seriously provoked. I certainly wouldn't let them run free on open land whether I owned it or not. No dog can be bomb proof, they can be ill and in pain or perhaps the weather can become too much for them. In this instance it was an adult that got bit but it could just as easily have been a child, after all, haven't we all nipped over the odd fence as a child.
One of my dogs was actually attacked whilst on my doorstep by a labrador that ran down my drive. The owner insisted that he always walked the dog off the lead and had never had any trouble before.