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Howard Gold: Won’t run along Mill River because of dog attacks

To the editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 28, as I jogged on the south side of the Mill River, I was attacked twice by an unleashed dog, whose owners, some 30 yards away, assured me that the dog was “just playing.” I was much more fortunate than the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas (Gazette column of Sept. 30) — I merely sustained ripped shorts and a good scare. Ironically, that was my first run by the Mill River in several months. I had stopped running there, specifically because there are so many unleashed dogs whose owners cannot or do not exert any control over them. In her column, the Rev. Bullitt-Jonas proposes several reasonable measures that would allow dog owners and runners to share those trails. Until such time as the city regulates the behavior of dog owners, I concede defeat. I’ll take my chances with cars and the city roads.

Howard Gold

Northampton

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NORTHAMPTON — On Sept. 6 I went out for a run in the area of woods and meadows located between Smith College’s athletic fields and the Community Garden, on the south side of the Mill River. As I jogged a trail beside the river, an unleashed dog came bounding up the riverbank to greet me. I don’t know whether he …

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