Family responsible for free-roaming dog |

Family responsible for free-roaming dog

Deb Williams

Dear Editor,

As a pet owner myself (two dogs, five cats and a turtle), I sympathize with any family who loses a pet.

However, I’m very sorry that the police are being made the “bad guys” in the recent dog-shooting incident.

Had the unvaccinated, free-roaming dog died in a car accident or from rabies, or had she bitten a child, who would the family blame then?

I was badly bitten in March by a neighbor dog on the loose, but fortunately he’d had his shots. It just confirmed my belief that adopting an animal is a serious commitment, and that families must take responsibility for the health and safety of their pets and for the public.

Deb Williams

Chama Valley Humane Society

Chama, N.M.

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