Garfield County needs an animal control dept. |

Garfield County needs an animal control dept.

Dear Editor,

My brother is a business owner in the Glenwood Springs vicinity. He resides in Silt, where he pays real estate and business taxes. My brother is the owner of a miniature Schnauzer, “Cody.”

Last spring while Cody was in her own front yard a dog came from across the street and attacked her. This dog jumped over a high fence in the owner’s yard, and raced across the street to reach Cody. My brother was able to get the dog off Cody, returned it to the owner who immediately let it go.

The dog again crossed the street and attacked Cody again, puncturing her ribcage, wounding a lung and leg. Cody nearly died from the wounds and infection they caused, but luckily she survived. The injuries cost my brother over $1,000 in vet bills.

Immediately after the attack, my brother had contacted the police. He showed them that the attack had taken place in his own yard, but he and the neighbor both received tickets. The offending dog was neither licensed nor vaccinated. This was not a dog fight, it was a small innocent dog being attacked in its own yard by an uncontrolled dangerous dog.

After further investigation, the police dismissed the ticket my brother received. Since that time the other dog continues to bark and disturb the neighbors as well as frighten children, adults and Cody.

This summer my daughter and I spent a week with my brother in beautiful Colorado. We, too, noticed the neighbor dog barking. Where we live, there are animal control specialists who enforce laws that ensure the peace and quiet of our neighborhoods. They are also responsible for the protection of humans and domestic pets from dangerous animals.

It seems that Garfield County needs to establish an animal control department to enforce local and state ordinances regarding dangerous dogs. The animal in question has shown a history of dangerous tendencies toward both humans and domestic animals.

The owner has shown gross negligence in keeping the animal restrained. Further damage or injury by this animal could result in potential liabilities against the municipality for not taking appropriate action. It must be difficult for the local police to carry out their own duties in addition to those of an animal control department.

Please give serious consideration to this suggestion. I hope it doesn’t take a child being attacked to get your attention.


Carol Dimmick

Lansing, Mich.

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