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Man Arrested After Pepper-Spraying Dogs In Dog Park

Bicycles In A Dog Park?

Bicyclists and dog parks don’t mix well. That’s just common sense to me.

My dogs could care less about bicycles riding by, but many dogs do. I used to cycle and run for exercise, and for many dogs it’s a good reason to chase you. Many of them think it’s a game.

Also, some cyclist are just rude and cruel. One in particular, a 55-year-old man from Clarington, Ontario was riding through the dog park and pepper-sprayed two dogs as he rode by them. The dog owner jumped on the guy and knocked him off his bike. The cyclist then punched the dog owner (too bad the dogs didn’t attack the guy).

The dog owner got a picture of the guy, alerted police and posted the picture in the park.

“I’m leaving it in the police hands but there’s a bunch of people that aren’t happy with this guy,” he said in August.

After investigating, police believe there were two other dog spraying incidents involving the same cyclist on July 23 and Aug. 6.

Michael Ramsey, 55, of Firner Street in Clarington, has been charged with two counts of uttering threats, four counts of mischief under $5,000 and two counts of causing pain, suffering or injury to an animal. He was released with conditions.

Debi Foster is vice-chairwoman of ODAWG, the volunteer group that serves as stewards of the off-leash park which can see as many as 200 visitors per day.

“We’ve had people say they should ban bicycles from the park, but it’s a public park and most of the time we don’t have problems with them,” said Foster.

I hope they lock this guy up. He sprayed dogs on at least three different occasions. Sounds like he’s just riding through the park looking for dogs to spray.

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Article and image source: Durham Region Site