February 21

In the Feb. 19 Metro article “Chicken-chasers catch a break,” The Post used the phrase “blood lust” in reference to farmers who kill off-leash dogs that are killing their chickens. The reference should have been applied instead to the dogs.

My parents live in a rural area of New England, and their small mongrel dog had grown old and feeble. Since it was almost blind, my mother kept it on a long chain to keep her company while she did her gardening. One day, their neighbor’s German shepherd came bounding over and attacked my mother. Our dog, sensing danger, tried to protect my mother. The shepherd turned its attention on our dog and promptly killed it.

This story, along with your report, underscore why I am grateful Maryland has a leash law.

Sharon Donahue, Potomac