To the editor:
I’m writing to warn people in the Richter St./Mill Creek area. A young woman has been walking dogs past my house all summer. Apparently,she is training them to obey commands. She does this by yanking on the leash, pulling the animal down to a laying position and whipping it across the face until it yelps in pain.
I tried to ignore it for some time, but I finally had enough and I hollered at her: “If I hear an animal yelp one more time, I’m calling the police.”
I haven’t seen her since. I doubt she’s changed her “ways” just her route. She is around 20, long dark hair, approx.5’2”, slim. The last time I saw her she had a boy with her, also leading a small dog. I’m concerned what affect her behaviour will have on his outlook. The dog she was doing this to lately was a black with white markings border collie-cross, very well behaved.
My family raised Labs for many years. I never saw my dad strike an animal in anger. I don’t know if she has training in the care of dogs, but I have never seen a book that instructs this behavior.