To the Editor:

In addition to having chips in animal(s), owners should get a steel tag with, address, phone number, and a chain collar that cannot be chewed off. If the dog is found, one can immediately see who to contact.

I have found three dogs with tags and have contacted their owners as a result. Also, some dogs dig. A solution is to put chicken wire 1.5 feet below ground level and staple or wire it to the fence. Owners should not let their dogs drink from brooks and drainage ditches, as a few owners have told me how their dogs got sick from doing so.

The epidemic of lost or loose dogs in Killeen can be remedied. Copperas Cove fixes the limit of dogs at four per residence (KDH 7 MAY 2014). Killeen has no such limit (though it desperately needs it), even though the properties in the Clear Creek area are rather small.

Other than a noise ordinance, Killeen has no fixed limits per household. As a result of dogs being unfairly released before residents move, or escaping because of owner carelessness, the Animal Control centers are being overwhelmed. In a few cases, in the Central Texas area some dogs had to be impounded, as one owner had over 140 in Fannin County). Another individual had 56 dogs. This happened with a “five-dog limit” in the Hewitt area.

Only sheep herders or people protecting vast amounts of livestock would need large amounts of dogs.

In absence of fixed limit of dogs for residents of cities where people are at close quarters, inhumane conditions that are out of control like this should not be surprising.

As a result, their muscles get atrophied and/or there is a stink. If pets cannot be secured or treated well, people should not own them.

 Then there is anger if Animal Control rounds them up when the animals are 1) left to roam everywhere, bite, 2) or join packs because of an owner’s failure to contain pets or strengthen enclosures better 3) crowded in too close quarters and neglected.

Since residents cannot or will not act, the city has to step in and fix this to better protect dogs and its citizens by establishing a limit of four dogs per household.

This does not mean there will be a rush to get rid of the fifth or more as the ex post facto (situation predates the law) would apply.

I was told by council members to file a bill.

I responded by reminding them that is their job and they will probably act if it gets to epidemic proportions.

Paul Passamonti

Killeen

(3) comments

txtrbl

Ex post facto means the exact opposite of what you state in your letter. It probably would have served you better to look up the definition prior to using the term. Your suggestion is unenforceable and will not resolve the issues. You cannot legislate morality.

OldWoman

I disagree with putting a limit on the pets allowed per household. I was on the animal advisory when we removed the limits that used to be imposed on households. A LOT of thought went into the decision, and all pros and cons were weighed carefully. Veterinarians, Animal Control, citizens, council members and city staff all weighed in, and came to the very informed decision to remove the limitations. I know at least 15 people who have up to 20 dogs and/or cats that were picked up from the streets or rescued from the city shelter to avoid them being killed for overcrowding. By putting a limit on how many pets a household can have, these animals are likely to be dead if it wasn't for these big hearted individuals.
I myself have 6 dogs right now. I scoop daily, I train my dogs to be good "citizens." The stray cats that hang out around my house are tons smellier than my dogs could ever be. We should find a humane solution for the free roaming pets, like subsidized spay/neuter for the feral neighborhood cats. That is a much more pressing topic than imposing limits on households - especially the ones that provide a community service, and control their animals without incidents and without being a nuisance.

don76550

People like this, who make a career of minding other people's business rather than their own, we can do without. I don't need an arrogant busybody telling me what I need.

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