Wednesday, December 12, 2001
In response to your article, "Dog Owners Call for Action", Dec. 5 edition, I would hope that the county will always hold pet owners responsible for their animals. The great majority of pets are good, law abiding citizens, but there are those few that are prone to roam and/or attack. If a person owns a dangerous animal, it must be that owners responsibility to recognize the danger their animal poses and to contain that animal. I don't want to be out walking my dog in our rural neighborhood on a leash, as I sometimes do, knowing there is a possibility that a dog might come out and attack her, or us. If owners are not held responsible for their animals, what is to keep an attack from happening? I'll never forget the pit bull that got into my pasture and took a chunk out of my horse's shoulder. Owners must be held responsible for their dangerous animals or the quality of life in our community will be greatly diminished. If I or any of my animals are attacked, I don't want the incident to be handled by a citizens advisory group, I don't want that attack to be the first of three chances for that animal, I want all possibility of another attack to be eliminated through proper legal channels. That does not necessarily mean the animal must be put down, but there really ought to be some kind of official follow-up by the county to ensure that the animal will be safely contained for the rest of it's life.