SPEAKING OUT: Vacationers should leave their dogs at home

Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM.

I am not a dog hater. I have grand dogs and a great grand dog, that I love dearly and one is a very sweet chocolate lab, but he is huge and I won't let them bring him anymore when they vacation at my house, because he has just gotten too big. The one time we had him here I called about a permit so we could let him run late in the afternoon on his long retractable leash and was told we couldn't get one because "they" weren't residents.

It is getting to be a problem more and more every day. I have never seen it this bad in the 30 years I've been around here.  I think it is time for owners that rent to vacationers to be fined for not abiding by the rules and laws. They have a responsibility to inform renters that visitors’ dogs aren't allowed on the beach, at all, at any time. If they can't take them to the beach then maybe they will not bring them.

A weight limit should also be a priority in all vacation rentals and that would help some. Most vacationers won't pick up after their pets either because they figure it isn't their house or condo and they are paying for a vacation so why bother — just let the rental company, cleaners and the owners worry about the mess.


Nancy C Gravitt is a part-time Braselton, Ga. and local resident.

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