Pet licensing on table: FINALLY!
Lead story on Page A1 of today's paper talked all about the plan to implement pet licensing at $7 a year for spayed or neutered pets and $35 for those not altered. I am for this 100%!!
I was shocked when I moved here and found there were no pet licensing requirements. Having lived in many places, this was the FIRST I ran into requiring it. Maybe it's common in the South, so behind in humane animal issues, but not common in the south in larger cities like Clarksville, especially one with a big animal problem due to the transient population.
For those of you who post to stories on Story Chat, please join the conversation under the story. While a lot of people support the initiative, there are those who are not. I am surprised that some with pets are against it because they feel they should not have to pay because they are "responsible" pet owners and why have a "tax" to deal with the irresponsible?
That is a lame argument. Sadly, that is what a civilized society must do: clean up the messes of the irresponsible. That's why we have police and jails. Should we say, "I don't commit crimes, I don't want to pay for jails," and on and on for anything we don't agree with. Nonsense
ONLY if irresponsible pet owners know that they will not be tolerated, only if spaying and neutering is done more often will our animal problems change. Some complain about Animal Control not doing enough, but do they not understand it's because they DO NOT GET ENOUGH MONEY that they can't keep up with the problems, especially in light of our population growth? Sure, there will be those who ignore the law, but that's not excuse not to deal with the problems we have in the same manner other cities do.
And those who are responsible and love animals should be happy to pay. Why? To help those not as lucky as their own pets. $7 a year is NOTHING, and if someone can't afford THAT they certainly aren't getting pets spayed or neutered and should not own a pet if they aren't willing to pay such a small fee.
WE have to buy tags for our cars,licenses for fishing and hunting, which supports those things. Animal control efforts should be no different.
Please call or write your County Commissioner and tell them you support this plan and that it's long overdue and that the next step should be a ban on chaining a dog 24/7. Animal control needs more officers to write those citations and get those fines.
Picture above is my friend's dog Freeway she adopted from the local Humane Society five years ago.This was him before he was adopted. She was the one who adopted Scooter first too. I will never let her forget how I helped her with THAT problem. LOL. She lived in Nashville, which like most cities, has pet licensing. So when you hear people whining about pet licensing, tell them it's not something new...we're just behind, like we are with most animal issues.
Later I will post about one story chat comment that REALLY ticked me off. Maybe if you go read them you can guess which one.
posted by Sandy at 6/22/2007 03:37:00 PM