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DOGS: Unsecured animals lead to Dexter’s demise

Letter by Mary E. Miville, Tacoma on May 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm | No Comments »
June 8, 2010 9:18 am

Re: “‘Dangerous’ animal rule too harsh?” (TNT. 5-29).

Sorry, but I don’t feel sorry for the lady in Bonney Lake who has to bail her criminal canine out of the pound. If Meesha killed a neighbor’s chicken on that neighbor’s property, they why shouldn’t she be held responsible? Not providing adequate enclosure for her dog, after being given a second chance, is serious business.

Our 14-year-old Cayuga duck was recently torn asunder by a neighbor’s two dogs. Dexter was a fixture on our two-acre farmette in Midland, our first baby animal after we’d built a high non-climbing fence, topped with barbed wire above and below. He enjoyed patrolling the farmette, which he shared with several sheep and lambs, chickens and rabbits, dogs and cats over the years. We’re grateful there was only one casualty that day!

The dogs were caught “red-handed,” having attacked Dexter. He didn’t stand a chance. The dogs growled and bore their teeth when we approached. Eventually animal control came. When the owners were finally tracked down, they said they knew the dogs had been getting out of their yard. Even knowing livestock were in our Midland neighborhood, they’d not yet secured their own property. “We hoped something like this wouldn’t happen!” was their response.

So had we. Our reasonable expectation was that we take care to secure our animals and others would do likewise. Is this too much to ask?

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