Letter: Dog owner void of empathy following bite attack

To the Editor:

I am an avid runner. I regularly run throughout most of the streets in this town.

All the years I’ve spent running around my town, and all surrounding towns, I have never ever had an incident with a dog, in spite of the fact that I have probably run into thousands of them.

This morning as I was running back home, across from my club on Silver Spring Road in the direction of Route 35, I was bitten by a black Labrador that was on the leash.

I was on the right side of Silver Spring Road. I didn’t see this woman with her two dogs coming toward me until they were a foot away from me. When I did see her, I moved to the right outermost part of the road, but she didn’t want to move, so I stopped and asked her what was going on? She replied that I needed to run on the opposite side of the road. As I was asking her why she couldn’t move a foot to let me by on an empty street with no cars anywhere, her Lab lanced at me and bit my upper right leg.

I looked at her and commented that her dog had bit me, to which she replied that I should have moved and that I should have been on the other side of the road. Then she just kept walking.

Labradors are usually not aggressive, so there’s something wrong with this one, because it bit me when I was having a calm conversation and that is just unacceptable. The fact is that she didn’t warn me her dog was aggressive, and her reaction so matter-of-fact not caring about what happens, was completely void of any empathy or regard for someone else’s rights.

Hector Hoyos

Golf Lane, Nov. 30