Town dogs a big is­sue

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

This town has a prob­lem. It’s the num­ber of stray, roam­ing and bark­ing dogs and the num­ber of ir­re­spon­si­ble, un­e­d­u­cated own­ers who do noth­ing to train, con­tain and ap­pro­pri­ately ex­er­cise, en­ter­tain and care for their ca­nines.

It sad­dens me to see lost and unloved dogs wan­der­ing the streets sim­ply be­cause their own­ers don’t care enough. And it angers me that one of these dogs jumped our gate and point­lessly mauled three of our fam­ily’s pet chick­ens, it left them for dead and we had to clean up the mess.

The fact that the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil is pre­pared to spend in ex­cess of $75,000 in ratepayer’s money just to pur­sue one dog dis­gusts me be­yond be­lief. This money could be much bet­ter spent to save, pro­tect and con­tain many more an­i­mals and to ed­u­cate the many use­less so-called own­ers that cause, influence and al­low their dogs to wan­der, to maul, to in­trude and put our community at risk.

The coun­cil needs to step up and do some­thing about who is, and is not, fit own an­i­mals. This needs to be done for the safety and san­ity of our community’s an­i­mals, chil­dren and res­i­dents in gen­eral. If you see any sus­pi­cious dogs roam­ing the streets, or have any both­er­ing you, call an­i­mal con­trol, who we would like to thank for their quick re­sponse to our call. R & A V-Jones,

Toko­roa

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