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Paula Stromstad, Published August 19 2009

Hope that Homer doesn’t pay price

I had to write to express my concerns for the dog in Glyndon, Minn., and the children of that neighborhood.

First of all, any dog that is tied up for hours at a time is not going to be approachable. When approached, the poor animal will be ready to jump and nip if for no other reason then for attention.

The owners are really to blame here. They should not have a dog if they are not going to be responsible for it. That does not mean leaving it tied up on a chain in a nonsecure yard for hours on end. They should be punished, not the dog.

Second, children need to be taught boundaries. The children who were hurt have my deepest sympathy, but they should not have been allowed to go near this dog.

I hope that Homer doesn’t pay the price for these mistakes.