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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:49 am | Updated: 1:24 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

Letter to the Editor

March 1, 2010

To the editor:

There are 60-70 reported dog deaths each year in Fairbanks that are preventable. How? Leash your dog. Not only is it the Fairbanks North Star Borough law ($110 fine for violating this law), it will save your dog’s life.

Last week, I had the unfortunate luck of hitting a dog with my car. The dog ran onto the road, and there was nothing I could do to avoid it. The dog was killed. The dog owner was devastated. I, as a dog lover was heartbroken. My car sustained $2,400 in damage.

All this could have been prevented if the dog was on a line or leash. Statistics reported by Animal Control include 60-70 dogs killed on the highways every year in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. That number does not include those animals hit by cars and not reported.

So, please, any time you are off your own property and especially near a road, keep your dog on a line or leash. Do not let your dog run free, assuming the dog will stay on your property. It only takes seconds for a dog to dash in front of a vehicle.

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