I’m sorry to bring unpleasant topics to the forum, but I just had to tell someone:
My husband, as newsdirector for the local radio station, goes to the city council meetings. He came home from the meeting last night with a bit of news that made my heart sink. He told me that they are considering passing an ordinance putting a limit on the number of pets one can own. This all stems from one man, who has become a nuisance. He doesn’t live in the city, but he owns a house here, where he keeps thirty dogs. They live in horrible conditions, because he doesn’t take care of them properly. The neighbors around where he keeps the dogs have complained numerous times about the odor, and the noise. He has been cited on more than one occasion, but has appealed to the county, and they are just dragging thier feet about the issue.
Now, because of this one man, who is doing wrong, they want to pass an ordinance on how many pets everyone can have? I think it’s horrible. He’s already disobeying the law, and would contiue to do so, no matter what the law is…so it’s the responcible pet owners, and people who actually obey the law who will be penalized for his crime, and our happy, healthy cared for pets, who will pay the ultimate penalty…with thier lives.
Lets say, they pass a law that a person can have no more than 4 pets. Well what about the responsible pet owners, like myself, who already have more than that. We’d have to pick 4 and let the rest be taken. I think it’s heartless, and cruel to impose that upon a person. We wouldn’t have the luxury of finding them new homes, because the city will have limited the homes available to our pets. So what they would be making us do, is choose which ones get to live.
I don’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned this here, but I have a soft spot in my heart for strays and feral cats, and am in the process of having the ones that live in our back yard spayed and neutered (with no help whatsoever from the city, I might add). I’m a full time homemaker, with no children, so I have plenty of time to spend outside with them, and talking to them, and offering them human companionship, while I work in the garden. They have really come a long way, and I’m so proud of them. A large number of them have become indoor/outdoor pets. Now I know that all of you here love your pets dearly, and will understand what I mean when I say that the bond you can develope with an animal that you’ve invested not just money, but time, and patience in, is very strong. Similar to that one would have with a child.
And it’s not like I went out looking for cats to take home. They came to me. They show up here thin, hungry, and desparate. By the time we take them to the vet, have them treated for fleas and parasites, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, then we bring them home, nurture them, and watch them grow into healthy, happy, fat sassy little things…well you all are familiar with the satisfaction, that brings to ones very soul.
Well, I’m sorry to go on and on so much. My husband and I are going to fight it, but I’m so afraid they are going to pass this law, and there are going to be tons of happy, healthy animals put to death, because of this…and it just breaks my heart. Who are they to say how many cats I’m capable of caring for? Who are they to lump me, and all other caring, responcible pet owners like me, in the same catagory as this man? It’s HIS crime, not ours.
Thanks for listening…if you made it this far (so sorry it’s long)