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Letter to the Editor
A Story About Nosara's Beach Attack Dogs

From George Reinhart

It was after the attack by a large black dog that bit the back of my sandal as I tried to pedal my bicycle faster that I decided I was not going to be the hunted anymore. I had been chased a half dozen times and I was going to fight back! So I armed myself with a stick. Actually more like a club that I hoped was big enough to give the next attack dog pause after being whopped on his canine head, hopefully before he found his stride, won the race and sunk his teeth into my ankle.

I like dogs. In fact, I have owned a dog most of my life. I also like to ride my bicycle on Guiones Beach at low tide. I don't go particularly fast because I am there to enjoy the ocean, the beach and the sights. But, the beach attack dogs take a lot of the fun out of it.

To be clear, not every dog attacks. I credit their owners for having trained them well. That leaves the dog owners who have not trained their dogs as the real problem here. What makes any dog owner feel that they can allow their animal to attack a person on a public beach? There is something seriously wrong with them— the dog and the owner.

How do I know that a chasing and barking dog is going to attack me? I don't, but it is a reasonable assumption when you are being chased by them. And, I have a sandal with a small chunk missing to bolster my suspicions.

This morning two dogs gave chase as I rode the beach. After my third yell of "Hey," the owner (an older Gringa in a colorful hat) called to her dog. I never heard an apology but by that time I had put some distance between us, my adrenalin was flowing. I had my club at the ready but I don't really want to use it until it looks like I am going to lose the race.

So what's to be done about the beach attack dogs and their owners? I am not in favor of leashes because I know the satisfaction of taking your dog to the beach and watching them run and swim. But, I think that any dog that gives chase is the responsibility of its owner. And, I think that they should be fined for bringing an untrained animal to the beach. Further, I think the fine should be substantial. Maybe as much as $100. And, what about the beach attack dogs that win the race and find an ankle to bite? This one is very easy— put them down. Plus fine the owner $1,000 and all medical costs. I bet we would see an uptick in better behaved dogs on the beach. Or at least fewer beach attack dogs. That would really be a nice improvement to Guiones Beach.

The opinions expressed in this section do not represent the opinions of this newspaper.


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Letter to the Editor
A Story About Nosara's Beach Attack Dogs

It was after the attack by a large black dog that bit the back of my sandal as I tried to pedal my bicycle faster that I decided I was not going to be the hunted anymore. I had been chased a half dozen times and I was going to fight back! So I armed myself with a stick.

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