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The best of intentions: Disabled woman cited for using her car to walk her dog

It’s probably safe to assume she meant well, but a 70-year-old disabled woman has been cited by police for letting her dog walk run down the street while she followed it in her car.

The woman’s car was stopped by police in Madison, Wisconsin, and she was ticketed for permitting her dog to run at large, according to Madison.com.

Police had been tipped off about the woman’s habit by neighbors, who had complained about the dog running free.

“At the time of the complaints, the officer tried, without success, to contact the pet owner,” said a police spokesman. “Now, after seeing the little white dog strolling down East Mifflin with a car following close behind, it rang a bell and he had the chance to talk to her.”

The woman explained to the officer that she walked her dog that way because she is disabled.

“The officer was sympathetic but explained she had to find another way to exercise her canine,” the police spokesman said. “He suggested putting up a fence and then issued a citation for permitting a dog to run at large.” The ticket is for $114.

Comments

Comment from Sue
Time April 2, 2011 at 7:19 am

I can’t help it – I laughed about this. It sounds just like something my crazy mother would do.

Comment from Smoketoomuch
Time April 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

The thing about “Common Sense” is that it’s very UN-common – at least these days. Give her an A for effort (the ticket was a bit harsh).
Maybe someone in her family needs to see about getting her a “Power Chair”, or else walking her dog for her.
THINK people – it really isn’t all that difficult.

Comment from Laura H
Time April 13, 2011 at 8:38 am

I think it’s sad the neighbors complained but no one offered to help her with her dog.

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