Doggy police
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I sleep better at night knowing that the police are on the job at Tanner Park. The other day, three squad cars were at the top entrance, making absolutely certain that all dog owners had their dog on a leash for the first 50 yards before they got to the sign that says that it's now OK to take your dog off the leash.

Never mind that down below in the actual park, there may be a dealer selling drugs to a teen, a gun-toting guy robbing a little old lady or a flasher hiding in the bushes.

All right, I made that up. Still, there might be a better use of our valuable police force and tax dollars than issuing tickets for perfectly well-behaved, albeit leashless, animals.

But, then, maybe not. Perhaps this blatant lawbreaking is the beginning of a doggy uprising that needs to be stopped.

At any rate, those pesky pets and their owners have been taught a valuable lesson and will pay more attention next time. Now, if I could just keep the neighbor's cat out of my backyard. Oh, wait, I can call the police for that, too.

Dave Klock

Salt Lake City