Letter to the Editor

Favors fees, fines

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dear Editor,

I am in favor of having dog licenses, high fees for loose dogs (especially for repeat offenders), licenses for cats, (fines) for those feeding feral cats, and I love the idea of having a dog park.

I know that these things represent changes for McCook. Yes, there is a cost for the upkeep of dogs and cats. If you have never noticed a wandering or lost animal in town, did you notice how thin it was?

Someone used to own or still owns that pet -- they just don't want to take care of it.

Thank you.

Kathleen Bills


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  • I too am greatly supportive of having a dog park in our community. If we need to start having dog licenses, etc. in order to pay for this, than I think it's worth it.

    A dog park would offer many great things to our community. It would provide a place for dogs to hang out with their doggy friends. As an owner of a rescue dog, I know that my dog would benefit from being with other dogs more often. It would also provide a place for pet enthusiasts to meet. Ideas could we shared about training, care taking, etc. Finally, if more dogs and owners are enjoying the dog park, perhaps we will see a decrease in the amount of times we stumble across someone not picking up the poop in our other parks.

    -- Posted by mefriesen on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 10:00 AM
  • first of all i am not against licensing my animals but 45.00 dollars for an unaltered animal is absolutely insane. It would put us higher than any other community in NE except for Omaha. Try a reasonable amount like 10 dollars. Also limiting a household to three pets is wrong if i want two dogs and two cats that is my right.....

    at this point i would be over the limit by three animals. Does the City Council expect us to lose a member of our family. I don't think so. If they are so worried about animals at large punish the guilty!!!!! Not the responsible pet owners. also a dog park would be ok but really shouldn't they finish the walking trail first....

    One of the ordinances states that if an animal is impossible to capture they officer has the right to kill it. Now I have a puppy that thinks it is great fun to run away from me in our fenced in yard. On some days it can take up to twenty minutes for me to kennel her when I go to work. I absolutely shudder at the thought that one day she could get loose(it could happen)and wouldn't go to an officer. Does that mean he could shoot her?

    Also it states that an animal must wear a collar at all times Has anyone else seen a cat that has hung itself by a collar on a tree? nice idea huh....just doesn't seem all that realistic or safe

    -- Posted by Ninaf on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 9:14 PM
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