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- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
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- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Crowell leads effort to cut low-income tax credits in Missouri (11/19/17)6
Controlling pets is good thing to do
To the editor:
Oran Police Chief Marc Tragesser is right: Loose dogs get into trouble. The odds are either a person (likely a child) or someone else's pet will be bitten or mauled by a loose dog. Today, if a dog mauls someone the pet owner could go to prison. Dog bites are no simple matter and can result in insurance problems, a lawsuit or worse. Also, some people have a fear of certain breed types.
When everyone has to be responsible and manage their dogs, there is less chance of breed bans and finger-pointing in a community. While you are at it, consider a kennel instead of a chain. This also protects the pet owner and is better for the dog.
Chief Tragesser is being logical by helping pet owners and non-pet owners alike by enforcing a leash law. I wish Zalma had some type of leash law. In the past 10 years since we moved here, there have been two times (that I know about) when people started shooting or poisoning the loose dogs. It all boils down to the fact that the owners needs to protect their pets by managing them.
Keep the peace and praise the chief.
MARILYN OLSON NEVILLE, Zalma, Mo.