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September 7, 1984

Responsibility of Pet Owners

Author Affiliations

Bethel, Conn

JAMA. 1984;252(9):1130. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350090018008

To the Editor.—  To educate pet owners about the possible transmissible diseases1 their pets may harbor is a good idea because it protects the physical health of the public.It is important to realize that some pets can disturb the public peace in such a way that it is not only a physical health hazard but an emotional one as well.I refer to those dog owners who do not keep their dogs under control and restrained from disturbing the public. Chasing and harrassing joggers, barking and growling at strollers, and sometimes biting passersby are a few of the more obvious disturbances that society puts up with from dogs that are not kept under control.Because of embarrassment or apathy, these complaints are not brought to the attention of the dogs' owners. Many dog owners are neglectful, and some are oblivious to the ordinances regarding control of their pets.