The number of stray and loose dogs wandering the streets of Echo Park has certainly declined over the years. But some continue to roam the neighborhood, including an older dog with dirty gray fur that Esther Kim has spotted wandering around for the past year. She has seen him at the former Magic Gas station on Echo Park Avenue, down at Echo Park Lake and on Academy Road. The male dog has a collar and does not appear to be hungry or aggressive. But she worries for the dog’s safety:
He has also been the topic of many discussions at my pilates studio as he cruises by on Echo Park Ave. Others see him roaming around as well. I was never really concerned about the dog because it looks like he almost has a particular route that he walks. But over the weekend I saw a truck slam on its breaks, almost hitting him. I’m not too sure if the owner is aware that his dog is out. He looks confused and is walking in the middle of the street.
Kim would to find the dog’s owner and make them aware of the risks the dog faces when left wandering alone. “I would hate to see that dog get hurt due to someone lack of responsibility!”