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Crime or Freakish Accident?
Can a dog leash be considered a weapon?

Bob Head of San Jose, Calif., is angry and I don't blame him. While on her daily walk last week, his 62-year-old wife, Beverly, was tripped by a dog leash, hit her head and died the next day of her injuries. The "culprit" was a cyclist whose two Huskies were on leash running alongside him. According to the local police, the cyclist did not break any law and therefore no crime was committed. Mr. Head disagrees and wants lawmakers to address it to prevent future deaths. Do you think it should be illegal to bike with your leashed dog?


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by SaraG | October 13 2009 |

No. Definitely not a crime. This is a horrible accident, but just that, an accident. I love to bikejor with my dogs, and I don't think it should be outlawed because of one terrible accident. I do feel awful about it though and it makes me think about my gear. Thanks for posting the story. And my regrets to Mr. Head.

Submitted by Toby's Mom | October 15 2009 |

I don't know that it should be outlawed, but I think it's a bad idea in general. I've always worried more about the cyclist getting tangled up or pulled out into traffic than a bystander being tripped as occured in this accident. Two dogs and you're just asking for trouble.

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