Thursday, March 1, 2007
Letters to the Editor
I’m not trying to be mean, but I want people to know I am very serious about this situation.
I live near Snow Lake and my house seems to be the dumping area for people’s dogs they don’t want and I am very, very tired of it.
I came home from work one day and a lady was tying two dogs to the columns on my front porch. I told her I did not want the dogs. She promised to come get them if I would keep them long enough for her to build a fence. Well, like an idiot I kept them. One had a collar embedded under his throat. I got that all cleared up. Guess she hasn’t gotten that fence built in 1-1/2 years. There is a small brown and white dog hanging around my house now. My dog Patches got killed by a car chasing this dog from my yard. Patches was my and my granddaughter’s baby. Someone dumped him when he was so small he couldn’t eat. I raised him on a bottle, took him to work with me so I could feed him his bottle. He would run and play with Kelsey and myself. If someone had kept their dog at home, Patches would still be alive.
When the BBQ Fest was here in April or May last year, my granddaughter Kelsey and my grandson Tristan talked me into getting a little pygmy goat from the petting zoo. I named him Luke. He would get in the swing on the patio with us. He would lay his head on our shoulders and we would swing him to sleep. He would sleep as long as we sat and swung him. Tristan would get into the yard with Luke and Luke would play with Tristan, butting him but never hard enough to hurt him. I came home from church yesterday and the dog the lady dumped here and some puppies dropped here had killed my goat. This is the last straw. Now someone has to tell my grandchildren. Would the ones who dumped these dogs like to tell them? You can sit with them and let them cry their little hearts out.
We had a little potbellied pig, and named him Wimpy. He was also spoiled. A couple of dogs dumped here, hurt him really bad. Thank God for Dr. Childers. He doctored him for two or three months and got him well. I got up one Sunday morning and the first thing I would do was check on Wimpy. I went to his pen and called him and he didn’t come running. Well, you guessed it, dogs had killed him. It broke our hearts. We loved that little fat pig.
I’m not going to put up with this anymore. You need to accept responsibility for your dogs. If you would spay or neuter your dogs you would not have to dump them on someone else. If you want this brown and white dog, you better come get him. If I get my hands on him he will be put to sleep. I’m tired of spending money on animals I did not ask for. I could use that money to take care of my own animals. If I catch anyone else dumping dogs on me I’m going to put so much buck shot in their rear end they won’t sit for a year. I’m tired of people not taking responsibility for their animals.
Laws for Animal/Pet Ownership - Owner Responsibilities:
In an ongoing effort to educate the public in animal/pet ownership, I would like to list some of the Mississippi State Laws regarding pets and animals. Many people may not even be aware that there are such laws, and that animal mistreatment, neglect and abuse are crimes.
Mississippi State and local authorities are bound to uphold and support these laws. It does matter what happens on your property; and, it doesn’t matter that you live in the country.
Crime: Stealing a dog. Penalty: felony - $1,500 — $10,000 fine and/or up to 6 months in county jail or 1-2 years in penitentiary.
Crime: Encouraging or promoting betting. Penalty: Up to $500 fine and, if not paid immediately, up to 90 days imprisonment.
Crime: Cruel treatment, torturing, tormenting, unjustifiably injuring, depriving of necessary food/drink, cruelly beating, or needlessly mutilating any living creature. Penalty: Misdemeanor - up to $1,000 fine and/or up to 6 months in county jail (seizure of these animals is authorized).
Crime: (1) Cruel or inhumane transport. (2) Confining any living creature without sufficient and wholesome food/water, or unjustifiably refusing necessary sustenance/food/drink. (3) Being connected with, keeping, using, tormenting, torturing, or assisting in fighting of any cock, or other creature, except a dog. Penalty: Misdemeanor - up to $1,000 fine and/or 10-100 days in county jail.
Crime: Maliciously, cruelly, in revenge, or mischievously killing, maiming, or wounding a dog or cat. (Cropping a dog’s ears unprofessionally is considered cruel and inhumane treatment.) Penalty: Up to $1,000 fine and/or up to 6 months imprisonment and restitution.
Crime: Poisoning equine, cattle, deer, dog (other animals). Penalty: Up to $500 fine and up to three years in penitentiary or up to one year in county jail.
Crime: Sponsoring, promoting, staging/wagering on dog fight. Owning, training, or transporting dog in order to participate in a fight. Penalty: felony - $1,000 - $5,000 fine and/or 1-3 years in state penitentiary.
Crime: Spectator at dog fight or preparations. Penalty: felony - $500 - $5,000 fine and/or up to 1 year in state penitentiary.
Please realize that God created these creatures just as he did all creatures. They all suffer and feel pain and misery. They will reward you with love and loyalty if you will only let them.
Please have them spayed or neutered. It’s cheaper than you may think. Decide whether you really want or need a pet and act accordingly. Do the right thing.
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