Mattituck resident Dan Catullo told the Board during Tuesday night’s meeting that he was recently attacked by two dogs running loose on in Mattituck and wants the board to create a town-wide rule that all dogs must be kept on leashes at beaches.
Catullo said that he believes Bailie Beach in particular is known as “the dog’s beach” and that he sees owners leashing their dogs only about 10 percent of the time.
“How and why does this happen?” he said. “Dogs aren’t allowed in town without leashes — there is a strict leash law in place, why not for beaches?”
Town Supervisor Scott Russell said that dogs are currently allowed to be on town-owned beaches but there is no leash law — only signs telling dog owners to pick up after their pets.
“But in New Suffolk were having the same issue of people complaining that dogs are running amuck on the beach there too,” Russell said. “Maybe it is time to revisit the issue.”
What do you think? Are dogs on Bailie Beach out of control and do you think a law prohibiting them should be created? Are there any other spots in town where you think leash-less dogs pose a safety threat? Let us know in the comment boxes below.