Commenters have roasted an anonymous dog owner after revealing they refuse to let their golden retriever on a leash, even after neighbors asked.
The Original Poster (OP), known as u/Impressive_PP, reported the situation on Reddit’s popular Am I The A**hole forum, where it received almost 5,000 upvotes and 2,500 comments. The post can be found here.
In many states across the country, it is illegal to let a dog loose in public parks or areas, including sidewalks and neighborhoods, due to potential health and safety risks.
An article published in the National Library of Medicine found that free-roaming dogs pose health risks, including zoonotic infections, bites, potentially aggressive behavior, and other infections that can be transmitted to humans.
Another common concern about released dogs is the potential for attacks on people or other animals nearby.
LiveScience reports that approximately five million cases of dog bites are recorded in the United States each year, and most cases involve strangers. Occasionally dogs will attack their owners or other people with whom they are well acquainted.
In the post, titled “AITAH for telling a neighborhood runner I wouldn’t leash my dog?” The OP said they live in “rural suburbs” as their brand new neighborhood is surrounded by farmland.
“We have a Golden who is incredibly well trained and doesn’t walk more than a meter in front of us or beside us,” the post reads.
Recently, while out for a walk, a man ran up to them before stopping a few feet away and asking them to leash their dogs.
“We said ‘No thanks,'” the post read. “He said, ‘What if I was afraid of dogs! What if I was allergic!?” I said, ‘Well then you shouldn’t be running towards a released dog.'”
The OP said the man didn’t appreciate the answer, but they explained to him that they were “essentially in the country” and the dog was trained to walk off the leash.
“It’s very clear he would never hurt anyone because he’s a stranger raising his voice and our dog didn’t react at all… he’s sitting nicely by our side,” the post reads.
The man then told OP they must be having a bad day, but OP replied “not at all” and said they wouldn’t leash their dog and the man “didn’t get it [his] Path.”
The man then threatened to call the Home Owners Association (HOA) when the OP laughed and told him to take his picture and “while he’s at it” to get his address.
More than 2,400 users commented on the post, many criticizing the dog owner for being “an asshole”.
“YTA. Leash your dog unless in a designated free-roaming area,” commented one user, who received 18,500 upvotes. “I honestly don’t understand people like you. What weird ego trip do you get from leaving your dog on a leash? If your dog is no more than a meter away from you, how does a leash harm anything? Stop finding oddly irresponsible hills to die for, life is short.”
“‘We’re essentially in the country,’ they say on a hiking trail,” commented another. “Leash your damn dog. Hard YTA.”
“They are the worst kind of dog owner. Always leash your dog unless it’s an off-leash area,” commented another. “You have no idea if a person has PTSD from a dog attack, if they have an aggressive/reactive dog, or just don’t want to be approached by a potentially lethal animal (which dogs are).
“YTA. Get ready to be roasted by everyone on this subreddit,” commented another. “No matter how well behaved your dog is, your dog is still an animal and can be unpredictable. Do not take any risks. Leash your damn dog.”
“As a runner, you disgust me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into my neighborhood and been chased by a dog while the owner was like, ‘Oh don’t worry he won doesn’t hurt you!’ commented another. ‘No. Put your dog on a leash or in a fenced yard.”
news week asked u/Impressive_PP for a comment.
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In other viral Reddit posts, a homeowner was slammed for calling the police after a neighbor’s dog went to the bathroom on his property, and a woman was backed for pressing charges against her mother-in-law.
Another woman was recently criticized for adopting a rescue dog she didn’t want for her teenage daughter.