Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
In response to the letter regarding our furry friends being unwelcomed at the Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration at Woodward Park, with all due respect, this is not about dogs, this is about our fallen heroes, their families, and our veterans.
Anyone who brought their dog into the event ignoring the signs and requests of those at the gates did so disregarding what we felt was a policy that needed to be put in place for several reasons: at our event last year we had a dog fight and a dog bite situation and the event organizers and their insurance company felt it would be important to prevent such incidents in the future.
Secondly, with the aircraft landing and flying over, the Howitzer cannons firing, and the fireworks throughout the day and in the evening, I’m sure that if your dog could talk he would ask you to leave him at home. Thirdly, there are a number of people who attend our event and have expressed their fear of dogs and we would like to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for them. We appreciate our animals and are aware of the affection we all share for our pets but please help us in the future to ensure a safe, honoring event by leaving your animals at home.
May 28, 2012