Be wary of loose dogs on canal towpath

Posted 20 September 2022 at 8:01 am


I’ve been walking/riding my bike on the canal towpath since 1995. Just recently, as I was walking home (heading west) near the Ingersoll Street bridge, I encountered two pit bulls (I don’t know if they were strays).

Subsequent to the initial eye contact, one of the dogs commenced chasing me without any provocation whatsoever on my behalf. Fortunately, I was able to avoid being attacked.

As a result of this harrowing experience, I no longer feel comfortable on the canal (to say the least). To all the cyclists, runners, and walkers, my message is quite simple: be alert, be careful, and stay safe.


Gennaro DiGirolamo Jr.