Po­lice make gran’s day

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

I came through Toko­roa a lit­tle while ago and was pulled over dur­ing a rou­tine po­lice stop, for war­rant and li­cence checks, I be­lieve.

While wait­ing to be ap­proached at the stop, I couldn’t help but notice how a num­ber of good-look­ing po­lice of­fi­cers work in your town.

I al­ways won­dered where all the good­look­ing cop­pers were placed; now I know.

Con­grat­u­la­tions Toko­roa po­lice you gave one young grand­mother a lit­tle thrill and for a 72-year- old that is some­thing that does not hap­pen on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. Hope­fully a cal­en­dar is in the works. Thank you. J Simp­son

Auck­land Toko­roa has tal­ent in abun­dance. It was truly a breath of fresh air and poignant re­minder to us all that our youth can and need to be seen in a pos­i­tive light as well. We adults some­times for­get this.

I watched ev­ery­thing from singing, danc­ing, act­ing and a fash­ion show. What whole­some fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and a night away from sit­ting in front of the box.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the students and sup­port­ers for a hugely en­ter­tain­ing night pre­sented in such a pro­fes­sional man­ner. Well done, For­est View High School for steer­ing our fu­ture lead­ers in the right di­rec­tion.

I have only just moved to Toko­roa and now know that it is a lit­tle gold mine of tal­ent. K Ho­gan Toko­roa prob­a­bly over ter­ri­tory which is also per­fectly nor­mal, and I ques­tion which dog ini­ti­ated this, know­ing both breeds but that’s not the story.

The dog was handed a death sen­tence; not even con­sid­ered for hor­rific hu­man mur­ders. And all this has cost the ratepay­ers over $74,000? Is this for real? Be­cause I can­not be­lieve such ut­ter ridicu­lous­ness. I reckon my fam­ily should have charged our neigh­bour’s dog way back in 1967 for killing my guinea pigs, or the cats for rolling around on top of the cage for harass­ment.

No doubt there are many of us who have ex­pe­ri­enced the same and we will not be the last as na­ture will out.

Who­ever took this up as a se­ri­ous of­fence is plonkers. Will some­one bring them up to par on the nat­u­ral work­ings of the an­i­mal king­dom be­fore we meat eaters are in gaol for our own food chain crimes.

A nor­mal dog has missed out on two years of free­dom with a lov­ing carer who has been un­nec­es­sar­ily stressed and ha­rassed for two years in a fight for the free­dom of a much-loved pet and ratepay­ers are pay­ing for it.

Enough is enough. Get over your­selves and get real about this case. I can’t be­lieve I have read such bla­tant stu­pid­ity and lack of un­der­stand­ing about the care of an­i­mals or own­ers or of the law of na­ture.

Stop now and al­low this poor an­i­mal to live the rest of its life in lov­ing care.

Thanks to Carolyn King and Scott NgapoLip­scombe for stand­ing strong for an­i­mal rights against what I see as real an­i­mal abuse and hu­man ab­sur­dity. H For­rester-Brown

ex Pu­taruru fears and con­cerns are not with­out some foun­da­tion.

The de­ci­sion to pros­e­cute Ms King was prob­a­bly taken by a coun­cil em­ployee and has been proven to be an un­sus­tain­able charge. The sup­posed case against Ms King (which the coun­cil now takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for) will have to be heard in court. If it finds for the de­fen­dant then costs can be awarded against the coun­cil as the coun­cil is ba­si­cally ques­tion­ing (ap­peal­ing) a de­ci­sion handed down by that same court.

I be­lieve the coun­cil’s ac­tion is to­tally un­for­giv­able and have no doubt that even a win will not change the law into what the coun­cil wants.

This whole saga started when a rab­bit died, al­legedly killed by a dog. Cats kill rab­bits too; one we had used to bring them home. If a cat had been re­spon­si­ble what would the end re­sult have been then? JC Sim­cock

Toko­roa Con­trol then I don’t want it.

All this ratepayer money go­ing to­wards killing Jimbo be­cause he al­legedly killed a rab­bit; where is the com­mon sense?

The words per­sonal ven­detta come to mind, but why?

Good on you Carrie King for stand­ing up and do­ing the right thing by your dog, which is be­ing the ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­ble dog owner in my eyes.

Any­body who has had a dog from Carrie King or knows the good work she does, come for­ward and sup­port her. D Evemy and J Blower


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