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Pet owners: Be responsible

Posted: July 9, 2012 - 12:00am

Perhaps there is a legitimate place for pets in the urban/suburban environment. However, there is NOT for the irresponsible pet owner. The messages that individuals and groups have made locally about responsible pet ownership are not getting across.

In the Valley, between Emily Way and the cemetery, there is a green belt (CBJ drainage right-of-way) that provides a good off-pavement walking path. It is used daily by a number of dog owners from Killewich Ave. and other nearby areas. Walking the dog might be more accurately translated as “letting the dog do its duty,” and of the dozens of dogs being “walked” along this stretch, I have observed only one or two owners actually bag the droppings to dispose of properly — I applaud those walkers! The vast majority think it’s okay for their dogs to step off the trail and do their thing in the trees, trail-side grasses, or backyards of residences along this path. “Out of sight... “ This eventually adds up to a couple dozen piles or more per day, every day of the year, in a one-block stretch; unacceptable by any neighborhood standard I can think of. Come on, people, take responsibility for your pets! Bag it up, and dispose of it properly yourself.

And as far as the recent explosion of cats in the neighborhood, again I find an appalling lack of responsibility on the part of the owners. What makes you think it’s okay for your cat to use a neighbor’s garden for its litter box, or a bird feeder in my yard to become the cat’s personal feeding station? If you want a pet, fine. Care for it, contain it, respect your neighbors in the process. If you can’t, take it to the shelter where it can be placed for adoption with a person/family who can. That just seems so very basic.

And thank you to all those pet owners who do take responsibility for your pets!

Judy Macnak

Juneau

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