- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- 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)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
Deal with owners of problem pets
To the editor:
Thank you for keeping the public updated on the latest activities of our city council. My family lives in the very part of town which is troubled by irresponsible pet owners who allow their dogs, even aggressive ones, to run unleashed. One of my dogs was recently charged by an unrestrained pit bull as we passed its home. Too often dogs are intentionally mistreated in order to make them "better guard dogs" or simply chained to trees and not given enough attention and care. These dogs become aggressive and dangerous, and when they do find themselves free of their chains or fences, they take out their frustration in the only way available to dogs.
That has nothing to do with loving, caring pet owners who are willing to share their lives and their homes with unwanted and abandoned animals. Why should the city council attack citizens who conscientiously care for their pets? Limiting the number of pets people can own does not address the problem. A person might own only a single dog and allow that animal to be a nuisance or danger to his neighbors.
Get a clue, city council. You are fixing something that is not broken but not addressing the real problem of irresponsible pet owners.
JEAN HERMSDORFER, Cape Girardeau