To the editor:
I recently learned that the Postal Service has demanded that dogs no longer be allowed to be tethered outside the doors of Island Fitness between the hours of noon and 5 p.m., due the mail carrier feeling threatened by the possibility of a dog breaking loose and attacking.
I have run to the gym nearly every day for more than six years. I always bring my dog with me. A dog has never attacked, nor broken loose and attacked.
All the dog owners I know (and I know them all) do an excellent job self-managing the situation. Unruly dogs are immediately reported and sometimes not allowed back. We do this, because we appreciate the chance to exercise with our dogs.
The dedicated area is removed from the walking path of anyone entering the gym. Many elderly people are dropped off daily for physical therapy, and none of them seem to be fearful of the dogs. Most members enjoy greeting all of them.
This stance by the Postal Service, while well-intended, is arbitrary and overkill. Why not simply ask that leashes must be sturdy or suggest fixed cables for those bringing dogs?
I am disappointed in the impact this ridiculous requirement is having on my daily routine, along with many other exercising dog-lovers.
J. TODD LARSON