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.