Skip to comments.Former Del Mar [ca] Mayor Killed By Train In Attempt To Save Dog From Tracks
Posted on 01/05/2014 6:27:09 AM PST by BenLurkin
DEL MAR (CBSLA.com) A former mayor of Del Mar was killed on Friday when he was hit by an Amtrak train as he attempted to save his dog from the tracks.
The 75-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was reportedly walking his Labrador Retriever off-leash on a coastal bluff near the tracks, according to San Diego Sheriffs deputies.
Witnesses suggest the dog may have been startled when the trains engineer sounded his horn, which resulted in the animal panicking and running onto the tracks.
The man was struck by the train as he leaned over the tracks to grab the dog.
The dog was not hurt.
The mans neighbors say that he was well-respected in the community, and that he had been mayor of Del Mar in the 1980s, in addition to being a political science professor at San Diego State University.
Hes done this probably a million times, and for the train to come by like that, its tragic and were all kind of shocked because weve lived here for 20 years and (have) never seen anything like this, a neighbor said.
“walking his Labrador Retriever off-leash”
Nothing to see here. Move along......
“........ because sit happens”
Off-Leash Fascination in Rural Areas
As a trainer I am often asked by handlers why their dogs won’t listen to them when they are off leash. The usual comments I hear are that their dog will ‘bolt’ when off leash or never come to them or just generally show no interest in the owners - preferring to do what dogs usually do and that is wander off, ignore the repeated calling of their name or chase after small animals and other prey (or skateboarders, or cars - you name it, they do it!).
Having originated in the ‘big city’ (Toronto) prior to moving to our paradise in the country, I was clearly unaccustomed to being repeatedly asked why this occurs with their dogs. No one in their right mind would allow their dogs off leash in a city (other than in leash free parks which I am firmly opposed to or in their fenced backyards). As soon, however, as city folk move to the country, they believe their dogs have a god given right to roam freely and be off leash without any regard to their safety. Furthermore, it is expected that their dogs will obey and listen to their every command - as if by magic - just because they are off leash!
I have decided to offer this write-up to both clients and other interested parties because I truly need to set the record straight and explain why this is so patently unfair and, indeed, an exercise in futility (not to mention a dangerous one for the dog itself).
Gee, when I saw Del Mar and Track in the same headline, I thought it had something to do with horseracing.
That is a very sad story. RIP poor fellow.
Why on earth are you opposed to leash free doggie parks?
We have a very nice one in our little town, and I think it’s the high point of the day for my two dogs. We actually don’t have a yard for them, so they are taken on a long walk in the morning, and have their afternoon workout running with their “friends” in the leash free doggie park.
Why They Are A Bad Idea
by Ed Frawley
“I want to go on record as saying that the concept of “Dog Parks” was well intended but a bad idea, especially when dogs are allowed to run off-leash. The main problems all stem from people who don’t understand and have not established pack structure with their dogs. This means their dogs are out of control. “
Boy the disdain you have for your customers makes you EXACTLY the type of dog trainer I’d want.
My dog loves the dog park. He has friends there and gets to say hi to a lot of humans.
Things like this happen for one simple reason. Most people are basically idiots when it comes to what was formerly known as "common sense". They just don't think very well.
Up the coast in Bodega Bay an entire family was wiped out because a dog was in distress in the surf.
The dog survived.
Sorry—I’ve been taking my dogs to the Dog park for at least 14 years now. If new folks show up and are not watching their dogs properly, the rest of us let them know immediately.
We can suggest they leave if their dog show signs of “not playing well with others”—and if there is still a problem, we have an animal control cop we can call, although I’ve never known that to happen.
There is a fence dividing the park into 2 sections—one for small dogs—but most of the smaller dogs play just fine in the big side.
The park is clean and well maintained—we are each responsible for cleaning up after our dogs, and no one has a problem with telling another dog owner that his dog needs cleaning up after, in case the owner does not notice that his dog is leaving a mess.
No, I think it’s closer to some people — especially those who have been around for awhile — remembering what it was like when we were a free people, and we did not live in rabbit warrens.
Yes, common sense and responsibility are both essential elements of being a free people. Perhaps this gentleman, while walking his dog, was just remembering those times, and that freedom, and forgot where he was and what year he was in.
Personally, I only let my dog run unleashed when we are in our backyard, or in a recognized dog park, or out in the boonies.
Geez, no dog is worth dodging a train.
Like grabbing a football “fumble”, I raced to scoop up my dachshund puppy from being run over. It was close, but I’d do it again.
Retired Political Science Professor Louis Terrell:
“...San Diego State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Louis Terrell, however, said he thought Obama would say something like, We are moving forward: Less unemployment, stock market up to new peaks. Republicans have only been a negative force.
Dr. Terrell said Obama is speaking about the economy in a state with and 8.3 percent unemployment rate, Dr. Terrell said, Biggest State in the UnionCalifornia unemployment rate not an outlier. Very appropriate to use California as a launching pad for discussing the state of our countrys economy.”
My brother is a veterinarian and he agrees with your statements on dog parks. He also adds disease as another reason to stay out of dog parks.
Here spot. Here spot. SPOT!
Maybe the dog was using the tracks to find the polar axis for his next poop.
“Last year, a dog was killed at a Seattle dog park by two other dogs. I have met too many people who have had dogs severely injured at dog parks to remain passively abstinent. The real danger lies when small dogs are attacked by larger dogs. It doesnt take much force for a small dogs internal organs to be damaged from the bite of a larger dog.
Often when someones dog is attacked at a dog park, the owner of the dangerous dog is M.I.A. Nowhere to be found. The dangerous dog is likely to return in the near future for more play, and there is no human accountability.”
“I stopped going to dog parks about a year ago and have since been walking my dogs around the neighborhood for their (our) exercise. Not only is it a much more constructive, balanced way to burn energy, but also a great bonding experience since dogs have a programmed need to travel with the pack. Theyre happier, Im happier, and I dont risk either of my dogs getting hurt.”
Protect Yourself and Your Dog from an Off Leash Dog
I remember when I lived in a rural farm town in upstate NY. Seemed like one out of three dogs was missing a leg. There would be loose dogs walking along highways, nearly all of whom, it turned out, belonged to people in the area.
I’m not sure how you read “disdain for customers” out of that post. He was writing about the vast majority of dog owners, not any one particular individual.
Having observed human/dog interaction for a number of years, I thought he was spot on.
What we need now is a leash law for Cats.
Devastating: Louis Terrell, 75, was killed by a train in Del Mar on Friday as he tried to catch his dog which had run across the tracks
The term “vast majority” does have a meaning.
Well if we kept our dogs locked up they would never fail to come or catch a disease.
Geez you guys are sounding a lot like liberals. The common man is too stupid to care for himself or his property so the govt must step in.
Nitpick, nitpick! I stopped going to the dog park years ago when I noticed people yakking on their cellphones and not watching their dogs, using the dog park for date night and not watching their dogs, and using the dog park to see if their dog was dog-aggressive (Look, Mabel, he is!).
Bah-humbug. Our dogs get nice long walks every day, and they can get loved on by passersby to their heart’s content. Not that we don’t have to contend with the occasion loose dog, but that’s another story.
In that regard, most definitely.
"Dogs do NOT need to be 'free'! What dogs need is love and respect in the form of attention, training and social companionship within their family 'pack'! Letting them roam does NOT provide them with physical or mental exercise but, rather, contributes to boredom. If you let a dog loose on a large acreage, chances are that after five minutes, the dog will settle in a 10 square foot area and start digging, or sleep or just lay there. Without proper interest and stimulation they will NOT get the exercise they need and deserve."
And, of course, you can never count on that 'other dog' being trained in a leash-free environment. Your dogs may be fine in such a circumstance but you never know about the other guy's, and it's a real risk especially if the other dog is aggressive.
If you've ever watched dogs running around loose with other dogs in a closed-in area at a park or wherever, it couldn't be more obvious that they, well, at least most of them, are having the time of their lives. My problem is with those who allow their dogs to run loose in the street and other open areas, where many things can potentially happen to them, other dogs and animals, and people.
...however, there are of course occasional fights between the dogs, and fairly common bullying that goes on. Also, I suppose, the disease problem.
We train dogs in our house. One of my boys has a CDX and the other will before long. I would trust either of them off-leash in a heartbeat. But, frankly, I wouldn’t let either of my dogs play in such an environment.
And you’re quite right. It’s really not worth the risk. If the dogs absolutely, positively have to be off leash, we take them into the woods or on a trail where we can control the environment a little better. We’re fortunate in that we have access to places like that and a lot of city dog owners don’t. But we just prefer not to take the chance.
It’s worked for me forever—sorry you had a bad experience.
I live in a nice little town with nice people.
If there ever should be a vicious dog fight—which I doubt, I’m armed, and I can handle it.
You know, I saw your tagline after I posted and it occurs to me that you could handle it, at that. :)
I never had a bad experience, though. I wouldn’t put my dogs in an off-leash park to begin with. That said, I’m glad your dogs enjoy it.
What is a CDX?
The 75-year-old man, whose name has not been released,
This media stunt just hacks me off. How many 75 year old former mayors of Del Mar, CA would anyone know? They've ID'd the victim and yet REFUSE to name the victim because of some stupid journalist rule that says you can't announce the name of a dead person before the authorities do.
If you're going to report the story, either tell us his name or omit that he was a former mayor so that everyone with a 75-year-old family member in Del Mar can be worried about their loved one.
Or maybe it makes more sense to just hold off reporting this for a short time until the identity can be confirmed and then you can do an obit on the mayor.
Over in Iowa, some guy and his wife had car trouble or were lost, so they pulled over to the side of the road. Their dog got out of the car and was wandering in the roadway. The guy went to get the dog and he got run over by a couple of cars. The dog survived.
Many years ago my dad had a big, wonderful German Shepherd that was great around children and adults but when it came to other male dogs, he was alpha all the way. Zarek would not have played nice at a dog park........LOL!
So sad. Sorry such an awful thing happened. I’ve been 3rd party to such a nasty thing. But not a passenger train! How awful for all the passengers to have this on their minds.
Now I’ll start on my rambling.
Never, ever mess with trains. Especially for a dog. They are much, much bigger and powerful than mere semi-trailers, but you wouldn’t mess with that, would you?
Now, what is it with Labs? Why does everyone think they have a Lab so can let it run free? This infuriates me to no end. Loose dog? It’s a Lab.
No dog should be off lead, especially in reasonably populated areas.
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