Dogs should be kept in fence
August 13, 2011 12:00 AM | 818 views | 8 8 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I wish I had the good fortune of Ms. Moon driving past my house on Monday. It would have been the ideal opportunity to bring another important issue concerning animals to the public’s awareness.

It started out as any other ordinary morning. I went out to get my newspaper and my cat Cory raced out the door in order to sun himself. This all changed when I saw two enormous black dogs walking around my front yard. I came in and told my husband, Rob, that there were two dogs on the way to our patio. After this, everything that happened was surreal.

It took less than one minute before Cory was paralyzed with a broken back. During this confusion, I dialed 911 and requested that Animal Control be sent out. At this point, Rob had wrestled one of the dogs to the ground and I was trying my hardest to comfort Cory and keep the other dog at bay.

These dogs were Rottweilers, which are defined as a “large powerful, yet docile” dog. When Animal Control arrived at our house, they immediately relieved my husband of fighting with the dominant male Rottweiler. The officer explained that she would take both of them in and just then a neighbor of ours came it our house and advised us that the same dogs viciously attacked her dog that was in her fenced backyard no more that five minutes prior to this incident.

The officer from Animal Control went with our neighbor to the house that kept these dogs and there were nine puppies wandering around the front yard, which the officer explained are a new breed of dog that is a mix of pit bull and Rottweiler specifically bred to fight and kill. There was not a fence in sight and no one was home. She took all 11 dogs to the pound.

The individual who had these dogs had them for one purpose and that is to make money from them either by selling the puppies or by having them fight one another for so-called “sport.” He offered to go to a pet store and get me another cat as I tried to explain to him that Cory was a beloved member of my family for over 10 years. He then went on to say that he didn’t know what I wanted him to say. He did advise me that he wasn’t going to pay the fines to get the dogs back because they were too much trouble.

If you choose to have animals for these reasons, you are required by law to make sure that they are properly fenced. This person should be truly thankful that Cory was just a cat and not a child.

Toni Easterday
Powder Springs
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Thomas Palmer
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August 15, 2011
@Toni Easterday: Like many others reading your account of the terrible experience with Cory, I truly am saddened for your loss. Pets become so very close to other family members and when we are forced to lose them due to aging, this is indeed painful....your loss is even harder due to the violent nature of the event. My thoughts are with you.
Sad.
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August 15, 2011
I am so sorry that you lost your cat to irresponsibility.

Dogs (and cats as well unfortunately)should not be allowed outdoors uncontrolled.
Argonaut
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August 14, 2011
Just another example of no personal responsibility. Maybe third world countries do one thing better than us, keeping idiots like this dog owner from not accepting responsibilty for their actions. He doesnt need to pay fines to get his dogs back. He should instead be worried about bail money to get his sorry butt out of jail.
Dustoff
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August 14, 2011
Animals and kids need to be controlled and unfortunately both are being allowed to run wild by owners and parents.
Concerned!
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August 14, 2011
Hopefully the owner of these dogs gets fined enough to make him think twice about letting these mongrels freely roam the neighborhood.
sorry it happened
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August 14, 2011
This sort of thing would stop if the dog owners had to serve stiff prison sentences. It was terrible that the poor cat was the victim, but the cat's owners could have been injured or killed. Surely the owner of this "new breed" will not be able to just walk away!
So sorry
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August 13, 2011
I am so sorry for what happened to your cat and your family. I totally agree that dogs should be kept properly - in a fenced yard or on a leash, etc. I am always worried that when we walk our dogs something will happen because there are many people that just don't get it or don't care.

It is ashame that ultimately the animal is the one that suffers for the owners negligence.

SouthernGal
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August 13, 2011
I believe there are some people who should not own dogs much less have children!
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