Pa. Law protecting service dogs

            A law has been passed in Harrisburg and signed by the governor to protect service dogs from aggressive canines.  Apparently, a partially-sighted woman, fifteen years ago, experienced an attack on her guide dog by an unleashed dog.  This happened to the same woman two more times, and during one attack, her dog was injured.  She began lobbying, then, for protection.

            At one of my writing group picnics a member told us about the law.  The subject came up because a woman walking from a parking spot had been terrorized by the small pooch with the Napoleonic complex I wrote about a while ago.  The dog charged off his porch, barking at my friend who has always been afraid of dogs.  The owner apologized profusely, which she does repeatedly, but my friend said, “That dog is always off leash.  Aren’t there leash laws?”

            Though the dog is small, he no doubt has sharp teeth.  I myself was nipped by one of those dogs-in-miniature, and his fangs broke the skin on my leg.

            The attacking dog’s owner can now be fined $5000.  I’ve decided to take the advice of another of my group members who went with his wife (a service dog user) to the signing of this law.  I’ll tell the aggressive dog’s owner that she’ll only have to pay me $2000.

About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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