Never mind the dogs, control the owners
The following letter was sent by a resident of Stuyvesant Town to David Woodward, president of Compassrock Real Estate, LLC. (The letter has been edited for length and the author’s name has been withheld upon request.)
My father was one of the GIs who came to live here right after WWII. I was born here and have lived here on two more occasions, most recently for the last 29 years. Both of my daughters were born here and I raised my second daughter here and she will be 24 in August.
My daily exercise routine, every morning for the last 29 years has included a power/speed walk around the Oval. However at one point I had to move my workout to the East River due to being suddenly and viciously attacked by an over the weight limit, dangerous dog. The dog is large and is mostly white with black patches on its head and back. This dog had previously lunged at me about five times and the owner refuses to properly control the dog as people pass by. I changed my route after asking the owner to properly control the dog to no avail.
I am lucky that I have my eyesight as the dog came from behind the low wall by the Oval Study and reared up on its hind legs, like a bear, and went for my eyes. I was fortunate to have good reflexes and blocked the paws with my wrist weights but the dog proceeded to carve into my chest and down my right thigh, causing me to bleed. As an “unruly puller,” I have seen this dog lunge at children and small dogs and the owner is not strong enough to keep control as the dog walks her.
Since then I have had the misfortune of the dog and owner come past my apartment building when I was starting out on my workout a week ago. The dog tried to attack my left arm and again I pulled it away just in time. I could not believe this same dog is still walking the premises despite the fact that I have notified security every single time the dog goes after me. The owner resides at 430 East 20th Street. 4.7 million Americans are bitten or cut or attacked by dogs every year. 15 to 20 people die each year, 30,000 have surgery. When a dog has dangerous propensities, the owner is liable but the landlord can be held negligent. One security officer suggested that the dog has a blood lust for me.
My added concern is that after the dog cut my chest and thigh, months later I was rushed to NYU’s ER as I developed a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my thigh and leg and was treated with a blood thinner so that I didn’t throw a clot to my lungs or brain. I have to take this medication every day. This is the same condition Hillary Clinton just had in recent months. The concern is not that I am afraid of the dog; it’s that this dog or any other aggressive over weight (was 80 lbs., now is a 50 lb. restriction) dog will scratch/cut/lacerate any part of my body and I could bleed to death or if it knocks me down and I hit my head, a blot clot could form in my brain. I am also concerned that when my blood relatives, like my two daughters and grandson might also be attacked by this dog if blood lust in animals actually exists in dogs.
My suggestion is that all dog owners should be required to demonstrate that their dog is not over the weight limit and use short three foot training leashes. Ban the use of extension leashes, which will be against the rules when a dog enters the Oval or any path leading to the Oval; when walking two or more dogs, they all need to be to one side of the dog walker, not off in opposite directions, taking up the entire width of the path. Any dog that lunges should be banned from any path leading to the Oval.
Another suggestion: Ban dogs from entering the Oval at all. Why have you put up the green fences in the community? Was that decision dog related?
Name withheld, ST
Thank you, Ms. Clean
To the Editor:
I have lived at 430 east 20th since 1996 and have never seen the halls so spotless, the elevator indicators so legible, ceiling lights so brilliant, carpets so clean as now with our new maintenance worker. She is a short, stocky woman with apparently all the mechanical skills needed for the job. She fearlessly climbs ladders, unscrews lamp coverings, changes bulbs. She scrubs floors and the recycling center has never looked so good. She is also friendly and helpful.
I certainly feel she should get some recognition for her devotion to her job. And I repeat; it’s never looked so good even with most of the previous friendly, helpful male janitors.
I wish I knew her name. She has some kind of European accent, which I can’t place but I think, as Arthur Miller wrote in Salesman, “Attention must be paid”!
H. Zwerling, ST
Welcome back, farmers
To the Editor,
Sunday was a perfect day for a farmers market!
Once again, our community has weekly access to organic fruits and vegetables, Finnish rye bread, cage-free eggs, artisanal cheddar cheese, and homemade jams and jellies.
Congratulations to all the farmers and to the patrons!
Name Withheld, ST
Bike stations are ‘overkill’
Re: “Local Week in Review,” T&V, Apr. 11, which included a notice that new docking stations would be set up around ST/PCV as part of the city’s Bikeshare program
I am very concerned that four bicycle stations are going to be set up around ST/PCV. Four is overkill in such a small area. We already know how arrogant cyclists are and they are going to assume they can fly through ST/PCV to get to either 14th Street or 23rd Street – it will be their imaginary right! (We know this from the arrogance of dog owners!)
I hope management won’t insult us by saying this will not happen. The only way to prevent this is to gate all the entrance ways – which I am sure will not be done.
Valerie White, ST