A threatening note on a popular North Shore hiking trail directed at the owner of a pit bull is raising concerns for pet owners.
Chantelle Dawson with Treks 4 Pets says a staff member spotted the anonymous note on the Baden-Powell Trail, which reads that the writer was attacked once, and now “will carry a 20-inch chain with one-pound steel ball to crack the dog and owner if need be on the skull.”
It goes on to say “the beast should be chained,” and is signed “one of several angry walkers.”
Dawson was shocked to learn of the note, spotted by a staff member who frequents the trail with dogs.
“It’s concerning that somebody would threaten violence to any type of dog on a note in the trails where the North Shore trails are supposed to be our place of peace and quiet. When you go up into a forest, the last thing you expect to encounter is such an unsettling note.”
She says her problem has nothing to do with the breed mentioned, but the threat of violence.
“The district should be informed, and that’s the correct procedure, not threatening violence against the dog and a human.”
Dawson is worried for other staff members on the trail and says she’s spoken to RCMP.