Unleashed dogs a menace to society

Home > Opinion > Letters

print dictionary print

Unleashed dogs a menace to society

It is common to see dogs off their leash. But there have been many accidents of people seriously injured by unleashed dogs. The case of a singer’s unleashed dog biting a person which led her to die because of blood poisoning is a case of it. According to the Animal Protection Act, people who brought animals without any safety gear such as leashes and muzzle, to the public space, are breaking the law; they have to pay a fine of $500.

However, in reality, people argue that their pets are always obedient and don’t spring out at others. Let’s look at other countries to search for a better solution. In England, a dog owner can be sentenced for 5 years in prison if his dog bites a person, and if that victim dies, the punishment would be increased up to 14 years. In the United States, if unleashed animals make disturbances, the owner will be sentenced to a maximum of half a year in jail or a fine of $1,000.

That’s why I think we, Koreans, have to put more pressure on the Animal Protection Act. One of the best solutions is to levy more fines, probably up to $10,000. Since we don’t specifically know when animals turn violent and pounce on people, wearing leashes or muzzles should be mandatory.

Besides, people who don’t follow this law must pay s fine of $10,000 which is not a negligible amount of money. Meanwhile, we can also establish a park where pets don’t have to wear any safety gears. Only in that space, pets can be freed from any artificial gears. I hope people with dogs remember that their lovely pets can be big threats to passers-by, and a tragedy can be prevented just by a little action.

*Freshman in Sangsan High School

Kim Ji-won

More in Letters

A farewell to Kim Young-hie

Chasing the trends to survive

Avoiding the elephant in the room

Letters to the editor

Refute from Iranian Embassy

Log in to Twitter or Facebook account to connect
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
help-image Social comment?
lock icon

To write comments, please log in to one of the accounts.

Standards Board Policy (0/250자)

What’s Popular Now