LETTER: Buses no place for dogs

The real agenda of those pushing for dogs on Greater Victoria BC Transit buses is not clear

Re: Doggie bus rides up for debate, News (Nov. 5)

The real agenda of those pushing for dogs on buses is not clear.

The advocates come across as shortsighted individuals who are obsessed with getting their way. The convoluted statements about “climate change” make no sense.

Newsflash: Dog owners travel on buses every day and leave their dogs and cars at home, and dogs have four legs and enjoy walking.

I don’t believe choosing to own a dog is a valid reason or justification for allowing dogs on buses.

The petitioners have cars, so probably won’t travel by bus all the time. However, those of us that don’t have cars will be subjected to the daily aggravation and inconvenience of having to travel with dogs and their inconsiderate owners.

Even if a dog is muzzled, there is nothing to prevent it from urinating or defecating. Also, excitable and aggressive dogs try to jump on people. This is simply what dogs do.

It is not fair to subject the general public to this unsolicited, unwanted contact.

It is already difficult to maneuver down the aisle of a bus transporting passengers with necessary mobility devices (motorized wheelchairs, walkers, baby buggies, etc.).

If BC Transit changes its current policy, they should be held liable for any injury that might result from allowing dogs on public transit.

I used to travel daily on Toronto subways, buses, and streetcars. I rarely saw any dogs.

Furthermore, Toronto has banned pit bulls and similar breeds within the city. There is no such ban in Victoria.

Jennifer Holsten

Saanich

 

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