In Orrin's latest rant, he somehow tries to draw a link between two suburban dogs fenced into their backyard that escaped and attacked a neighbor and her dog with the NYC Off-leash Hours policy.
But in citing this example of enclosed suburban lifestyle, yet again our Dear Orrin unwittingly proves the point that NYC Off-leash Hours policy encourages dogs to be less aggressive, less territorial, and better socialized with other people and dogs that they may have never encountered.
Many dog behaviorists have confirmed that a dog left in a suburban yard, without proper socialization and exercise with other dogs and people, is more likely to be aggressive--similar to a "junk yard" dog who is left to guard its territory and not properly socialized toward strangers.
Anyone who comes out to see the thousands of dogs in the 89 parks currently with Designated Off-leash Hours Areas will see that responsible off-leash recreate results in urban dogs that are well socialized and well behaved. If one were to believe Orrin's screeds, one would think there would be blood running in our parks every day. Over 20 years of a successful off-leash policy has shown that clearly to be false. So much so that the Department of Health, after closely studying the 20+ year successful "experiment" altered the Leash Law to accommodate the policy explicitly.
So we must again give thanks to Orrin. Not only has his efforts alone and with his fellow anti-offleash jihadists helped finally to codify the Off-leash Hours policy into case law at the State Supreme Court, and in the Health Department and Parks Department regulations, but he continues to show (inadvertantly) why NYC has some of the best socialized dogs in the world. Thank you Orrin. Keep up the good work.