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Archive for Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scare tactics

October 23, 2008

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To the editor:

As a pet owner, I was offended by the not-so-underlying message of the Oct. 17 front-page article on the recent string of cat mutilations. Yes, ultimately the current cases under investigation would have been prevented if pet owners would abide by the law, keeping their cats indoors or "firmly attached to a leash or chain" but the manner in which the point was conveyed was a bit harsh for such an already-unnerving subject.

"Habitual violators can be jailed"? Was it really necessary to use scare tactics and so boldly outline these city codes and their corresponding fines to convey the article's warning? Though ultimately these laws are in our best interest to protect the public, inadvertently stating that neglectful owners are to blame for their beloved family pets' brutal mutilations and ultimate deaths is just insensitive in my opinion.

Kristina K. Dobbs,
Lawrence

Comments

rtwngr 5 years, 5 months ago

All life is sacred. Cats do not deserve mutilation and neither do children in the womb.

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Ragingbear 5 years, 5 months ago

Yeah. It's not like most cats bolt for the door whenever they get the chance or anything.

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number3of5 5 years, 5 months ago

If the shoe fits, wear it. Where I live there are leash laws for dogs, but many people ignore them. This creates a problem when I take my dogs out for their two daily walks. There is also a statute that all dogs must be registered with the city and have a city tag, many do not. When people ignore and disregard rules, punishment should follow. So again I say "If the shoe fits, wear it."

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