Maggie Mahoney: Cross-country team member disgusted by dog piles
To the editor:
As a member of the Northampton High School cross-country team and one of the co-captains, I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Rev. Bullitt-Jonas for the horrific injury she suffered as a result of an unleashed dog. While many members of our team own and love dogs (myself included), most of us have had similar interactions with unleashed dogs while running in this same area.
We are fortunate to have a great cross-country course to race and train on in the area near the community gardens, but it is really gross to try and dodge the piles dogs and their owners leave behind.
Northampton does have a leash law and owners are required to clean up after their dogs. Dog owners, runners/walkers and city officials must work together to ensure a safe shared space for all.