Dog owners of La Crosse, beware.

I have a fenced yard where my dog likes to spend time. On a recent afternoon, when I went to let him in to the house, the gate to the sidewalk was standing wide open.

It's a secure gate so it's unlikely it was accidental. Fortunately, my dog was still in the yard.

I have heard that there was another similar incident two blocks away within the past week that didn't have a happy ending.

I don't know for sure that someone is acting maliciously, but this seems beyond circumstantial. So be watchful when your dogs are out of the house so they don't end up out of the yard.

Carol Oyster, La Crosse