Disabled Woman Cited For Walking Dog From Car

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 70-year-old Wisconsin woman has been cited for letting her dog walk free down the street while she followed it in her car.

The woman told Madison police she walks the dog that way because she’s disabled.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the officer was sympathetic but told the woman she couldn’t exercise her dog that way. He suggested fencing off a yard or exercise area.

The officer issued a $114 citation for permitting a dog to run at large.

Police were clued in to the woman’s routine after neighbors complained. An officer spotted her on Monday, slowly trailing a little white dog.

The Capital Times says when the woman stopped to talk to the officer, the dog jumped onto her lap as she opened the car door.

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  • Andy


  • Millia

    So….she can drive a car but she cant walk her dog?

    WoW is right…..Great police work!

    • JLD

      You’ve never heard of someone who can drive but has a hard time walking? You’ve never heard of a specialized vehicle for those with handicaps? Surely you can’t be that naive? Instead of ppl complaining about the way this woman is taking care of her animal (would you rather she let it do it’s business in her house…the implications there are certainly WAY worse than what she was doing), they should be offering to help her out or god forbid someone in the neighborhood teach there tween child about kindness and compassion and have little Jonny walk Mrs. handicaps dog?? Really think before you post.
      p.s. I agree, isn’t there something else the police should be doing??? Certainly instead of siting her immediately, they could’ve warned her and then HELPED her find ways to take care of her pooches needs.

    • GH

      Oh please!! You would blame the cop for doing his job!! You are not allowed to let your dog run free..it dosn’t matter who you are. If the woman can’t care for the dog within the law, she should consider giving the dog to someone who can.

  • Mel

    And this is newsworthy because….??

    • Frankie


    • Mel

      I stand corrected. I was under the assumption that wcco provided this board for feedback. You are a truly enlightened person.

  • sheila

    it is a handicap car you work with your hands—obviously, think for just a minute——great police work??? what a joke………good police work is catching criminals, not victem-less crimes

  • michellefrommadison

    Looks like a clear violation of the Law on the ole lady’s part. Case closed.

  • U A

    Good police work. I can do drugs, hold up package stores, rob banks and steal cars and not worry about the cops. They’re too busy harassing little old ladies walking the dog.

    • michellefrommadison

      The ole lady’s a criminal. Lock her up. :)

      • What a Joke

        You seem pretty stupid…you really want the cops wasting their time with this???

        • michellefrommadison

          Yes, the cops should lock her up and I agree that you appear stupid as well. Facts do scare some people, but thanks for proving my point. :)

          • Amy

            Well I am not going to call you stupid, but I’m wondering why you would want to lock her up. I don’t disagree that she should have been cited because you just cannot let a dog run free. If it would have been me, I would have tried to find someone to walk the dog for me instead of wasting the money she did driving around. But back to the point, why should she be locked up?

            • Todd

              I think Ms Madison is joking and being sarcastic honey.

  • l

    an officer of the law is paid to issue sitations for violations of the law no matter how small or large how silly or serious, the law is the law. this dog cannot run free just think about it once, what if the dog got hit while this was taking place, then we’d be all over the police for NOT tagging her. be kind, its the law.

  • Jack

    only in WI….

  • TWeber

    Maybe with gas prices at $3.50 a gallon, she could hire someone to walk her dog, and pay them with the money she saved in gas? I’m just sayin…

  • bob

    Why not a warning. That was probably grocery money from a fixed income. I had to read it twice because I could not believe what I had just read.

  • Olaf

    Did the officer have to do something because the neighbors were complaining? Maybe just a warning. Maybe the complainer was issued a ticked and for their dog running loose. My Grandfather got a ticket for driving too slow.

  • red

    I can’t believe what I read either but I have to ask if she is 70 and handicapped why is she driving? maybe she shouldn’t be

  • to red

    Seriously? 70 is nothing! She’s hopefully got 20+ good years yet!! You need to get out and broaden your horizons if you think a handicapped 70 yr old can’t drive.

  • red

    I did not say they can’t I said may be a 70 year old with a disability if you can read and if she isn’t able to even walk her dog My father is 80 and can still drive but chooses not to

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