Letter to the Editor: The Leash Law

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Letters-to-the-EditorDear Editor,
Four years ago I adopted a sweet little orphan furball from Saga. We immediately became best buddies. We’ve been through a lot together and everyone who saw her was drawn to her also. I still get emails from guests and visitors who ask how sweet kitty is doing. Every morning she’s waiting on the porch for me wanting breakfast, but knows I sweep first, through the day she sleeps like a log in the safety and security of the porch while I trudge through tasks and whatever storm happens to land that day. She curls up next to me while I work with a whatever, it will be ok attitude.
Def gives you warm fuzzies, right?
Well, except for the fact that last night she was killed by an unleashed vicious dog. Right at my porch, right in front of my eyes. It was horrific to say the least. Crushed her skull, popped out her eyes, blood everywhere. We took her to the vet hospital but it was hopeless, we had to let her go. I rubbed her fat tummy as she took her last breaths.
Some might say, get over it, it was just a cat. Yes, it was just a cat. But what if it had been a child? Does that rattle anyone’s cage? Perhaps that resonates more deeply?
Where is the enforcement of the dog leash law? (Belize Law Dog Act 153, implemented by San Pedro Town Council Aug 2013).
And where is the responsibility of a dog owner to comply with the law and protect pets, children and the public from a menacing threat? (The piles of poo on the streets and beaches are a subject for another day but important to address as well.)
There’s a leash law for a reason, I strongly urge the enforcement of the law and the personal responsibility of dog owners to comply.
Saga is doing an outstanding job, hats off to them hands down. But they can’t do it alone, it takes all of us.
Please leash your dogs. Please spay and neuter them. And please, obey the laws.
RIP Stevie Nicks, you will be missed.
Nancy Nida


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