It seems to me that people just don’t care anymore. They don’t care if their dog destroys your yard and belongings, chases children getting on or off a school bus, chases cars and comes close to being run over. A very sweet neighbor was bitten recently by a dog whose owners had been called and told the dog was going several streets away. Our friend was in her own yard just rolling her garbage can back behind her house. She did have to go to the doctor, so hopefully something will be done.
On Dawson Avenue, just one street down, there is a dog in heat running around along with two other dogs. They are tearing up property, making a mess of garbage, chasing our cats, running several streets away on busy roads and stealing the cat bowls off my porch. The sad part is that if the Calhoun County Animal Control gets involved, it’s these beautiful animals who will pay and probably taken to the over-crowded pound, and it’s not the animal’s fault.
Why can’t owners be held responsible? Why can’t they be fined or written warnings or even eventually jail time for not following the law with their animals? These animals can’t help how they are treated and, to me, one being out running loose is as bad as one being physically abused or neglected.
We have to start being held accountable for these things. I love animals, and if I had the space and money, I would bring home every stray, neglected and unwanted animal I knew about. But I can’t; my cats and dog stay inside, and it’s to the point I can’t even take my Chihuahua out to potty without a B.B. pistol in my hand because I never know what dog is going to come running at us. I’m not mad at these beautiful animals, but somehow someone has to make these pet owners accountable.
I love animals more than most humans, and it’s just not right. But our sweet neighbor getting bit in her own yard has put our whole neighborhood over the edge.