The city wants to remind Rosslanders not to tie their dogs downtown after a man received minor injuries last Tuesday.
The man, who doesn’t wish to be identified, was walking from the thrift store to the parking lot behind the thrift store, when a dog tied to a post lunged at him and knocked him over.
“He jumps out and knocks my legs out from underneath me and I fall down the little hill there with my head in a mud puddle and my hearing aid is floating in the pond and my glasses are laying there,” he said.
The man soon reported the incident to City Hall, where staff noted that he had a bruised and cut forehead and cuts on his hand, and that he seemed badly shaken by the incident.
Mayor Kathy Moore reminds residents that dogs should not be left unattended downtown.
“Dogs are allowed downtown on a leash, accompanied by their owner. They are not allowed downtown off-leash and they’re not allowed tied up anywhere down in the city core,” says Moore.
Anyone who sees a dog tied downtown can make a complaint to the city, but the mayor says what the city would really like is for business owners to help out.
“What we’d really like is for business owners to help us with this, to let people know that they’re not supposed to tie their dogs downtown,” says Moore. “It’s a hazard.”
The man who was knocked down says he likes dogs, but the incident was upsetting.
“Dogs are fine, but they should be on main street, and what would have happened if that was a little kid? You know, it’s kind of scary,” he said.