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Sarah Godfrey’s coverage of some D.C. residents’ fight for dog parks (“Doggie Treats,” 2/21) is so fraught with misconceptions that one wonders if she has even really thought about the issue.
D.C. is far from being on the front lines of dog parks. Many cities and counties around the country have dog parks, including the one city Godfrey holds up as a model of canine courtesy, New York. If she has not seen the many dogs romping in the dog runs at Washington Square Park, Tompkins Square Park, and Central Park, then she must have walked around with blinders on when visiting the city. This valuable land being used by dogs is precisely what allows people like Godfrey to walk through New York without being overrun by them.
One only needs to go to any green space in the District to quickly realize that dogs are already off-leash and using our parks. Providing a fenced area for these dogs to be off-leash protects the remaining areas of the park, the area residents, and the dogs themselves.
Finally, in the last part of her article, Godfrey uses twisted logic to posit that dogs have it better than people in D.C. She demonstrates this by comparing Trinidad residents with the dogs of well-to-do Capitol Hill residents who send their dogs to day care. I would suggest she visit the Washington Humane Society if she would like to see examples of how many of the dogs in this city live. Far from being pampered, they are often starved, fought, beaten, or left outside without shelter or protection from the weather. The injustices between the rich and the poor are many, but Godfrey should lay blame for these problems where they belongon the disparity of wealthand leave the dogs out of it.