Thursday, October 5, 2006
Letters to the Editor
County animal control:
I agree that irresponsible pet owners are a major problem throughout Marshall County. In order to correct the problem the following comprehensive ap-proach is required:
•Enforcement of Animal Control Ordinance by Law Enforcement.
Animals are required to be restrained (leashed) by their owners in public or properly confined (fenced) to the owner’s premises. Citizens not in compliance should be readily fined in accordance with the provisions of the law ($25 first offense, $50 second, $100 third and $1,000 and six months in jail for the fourth offense). Enforcement will lead to compliance as the inconsiderate pet owners who think it is their right to allow their animals to roam free are fined into submission.
•Spay and Neuter. Pet overpopulation is a real problem. Millions of animals are euthanized every year because there are not enough people to adopt all of the animals. Be considerate of your pet’s health and get your pet fixed. Avoid buying pets from dog breeders and puppy mills.
•County Action. Contact your supervisors and let them know you support more animal control. Marshall County needs full time dogcatchers and those folks looking to spring their captured pet from the joint should be required to pay additional fines. By enforcing the Animal Control Ordinance and charging irresponsible pet owners whose animals are caught, the funds raised should offset the expenses incurred. Animal Control can be self-funding until the compliance objective is achieved.
•Adopt an Animal, Volunteer Time, Donate Money and Join the Humane Society. Winter is quickly approaching and we have approximately 20 dogs and several cats in need of a home. Please adopt an animal today. In addition, we need help preparing the shelter for winter. Doors, heat and electricity are the basic essentials required to operate this winter. Please open your hearts and wallets to help with this worthy cause. If you would rather donate time and elbow grease, caring for the animals is a 24/7 job. We need your help in cleaning the facility, feeding the animals, cutting the grass. You name it; we need it.
•Education. The next generation of pet owners needs to be taught properly regarding animal care. Without educating the children of today, they will in turn be the problem of tomorrow.
In closing, the efforts of many people are required to rectify this problem. Get involved and let’s fix the problem; do not be part of the problem. Citizens of Marshall County should not have to put up a fence to keep irresponsible people’s pets out of their yard. Let’s be considerate of others and keep your pet under control. Anyone wishing to volunteer time or donate money, please contact the Humane Society at 662-564-2900 (P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635). Your help and donations are greatly appreciated in advance.
Dan Gaw, Mt. Pleasant
As a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association and local pharmacist for 25 years, I want to make the public aware of this latest marketing tactic.
I hope the public can see through this and I know my patients will continue to place their trust in me as they have in the past.
I’m including a recent release from the NCPA...
Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a warning to Medicare beneficiaries about a new scam involving the Medicare prescription drug benefit:
A caller asks for bank account numbers that are then used to electronically withdraw money. In return, beneficiaries get a bogus Medicare drug card.
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, turn to a trustworthy community organization for accurate information about the benefit.
The Arthritis Foundation, Mississippi Chapter and the Medicare Rx Access Network of Mississippi give the following reminders:
Contractors and employees are prohibited from calling a beneficiary and asking for bank account or other personal information. A beneficiary must initiate the call.
No one can come to your home to solicit you for Medicare products. Legitimate Medicare drug plans will not ask for payment over the telephone or the Internet. They must send a bill for monthly premium.
If you suspect someone is trying to coerce you or steal personal information, contact the Mississippi Department of Human Services at 1-800-948-3090 or Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE.
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