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Stronger animal laws needed?Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007, at 11:03 AM
Pit bulldogs attacked a cat walking with its owner on a Shelbyville street last week.
The owner told police that one of the pit bulls ran up, grabbed the cat and ran away with it.
Police arrived to find the dogs sitting calmly in their ownerâ€™s yard. One had the cat in its mouth.
A citation was issued to the dogsâ€™ owner. Thatâ€™s all. Just a citation.
Stronger laws need to be on the books for this and similar situations. If the pit bulls have no previous history of attacks, the owner should be forced to keep them penned or tied to enough of an extent that they can't leave his own property. If they have attacked on previous occasions, perhaps euthanasia is in order.
I realize there are laws on the books concerning nusiance animals. But the safety of pets and people continues to be threatened. I hear police scanner traffic several times a year about people being pinned in their homes or cars by dogs.
Maybe those laws need to be stronger.
For the record, Iâ€™m very pro-dog. Only the dangerous ones need to be taken off the streets.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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