Thursday, October 12, 2006
Letters to the Editor
County animal control:
I have just read the Letter to the Editor regarding County Animal Control. I have recomended these same things, in the past, in letters to the Board. The public needs to be educated, and held responsible for their actions, but Marshall County has to do their part as well.
I moved to Marshall County in 2002. For four years, I have tried, to no avail, to find out why Marshall County does not, or will not, do something about the animal situation in their county. I no longer expect responses; I will just make my comments. Does no one take any pride in this county? And why are the surrounding counties able to manage their animal issues?
I contacted the Mississippi Board of Animal Health. They responded with the following statement: “This falls under the jurisdiction of the local and state police.”
I contacted the ASPCA. They responded with this statement: “Your local and state police are generally mandated to enforce all complaints involving animal cruelty, even if these laws are not included in your state penal code. Please contact them should you witness animal cruelty (including animal neglect), or have information regarding animal cruelty in your area.”
I implore you, how much clearer could that statement be? I would repeat it for effect if I thought it would make a difference.
It does not say to contact them only if there is a vicious dog. And it isn’t only about the abandoned animals. There are abused and neglected animals. These are crimes, and they are everyone’s business. This is a disgrace for Marshall County.
Efforts have been made to do something about the animal issues but have not been successful. No effort will be successful unless the state and local police support and stand behind those efforts.
To the public: Having a pet is a responsibility and an expense. If you don’t think you’re up to it, then please don’t have a pet.
Remember, pets do have offspring; if you can’t afford to have them spayed/neutered, then please don’t have a pet (for the sake of the animals). When God put man on the earth, He said, “Tend the earth, and care for the animals.”
Three cheers for the town of Byhalia and Mayor Dempsey for restoring the old High School. I’m a graduate of the 1953 class and look forward to visiting again.
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