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Dallas Dog Legislation

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For those of you who are not aware of it, the City of Dallas recently passed some pretty disturbing legislation regarding dog ownership, and I feel compelled to address it. I’m not going to list the specifics of what it entails - there is already a ton of info out there explaining that. What I would like to speak to however, is how alarming the whole matter is.

While there are a couple of rational and even logical threads running through it, the sad part of the new legislation is that it will punish the descent, responsible dog owners along with the worthless ones. Those of us who HAVE an ounce of common sense, and are law-abiding citizens, will be caught in the crossfire of those who would have you believe that this legislation is just about decreasing the number of unwanted strays and dangerous dogs. Of course, who wouldn’t be for that? Ahhh - that’s the rational and logical thread. The “gotcha” thread, that any sane person would agree with.

But those of us who would like to choose when to neuter our pets will no longer have that luxury. That decision has been made for us. Apparently we aren’t capable of making those decisions. To those owners and vets who believe that it’s healthier to neuter after a certain stage of maturity - tough. That’s no longer an option.

Seems to me that this is truly big brother in action. It gives me a little shiver to think about it. HOWEVER - if you’re a pet store, buying pups from a puppy mill, early neutering will not be required. Makes total sense to me - how about you?

Those of us who ARE conscientious: who take excellent care of our pets, who aren t having unplanned litters, and who don’t have dogs running amuck and terrorizing people on the streets, will be punished for the sins of the few. (Actually, more than a few, but you get my drift). I didn’t know our legal system worked that way. I didn’t think you could be punished for something that someone THINKS you are going to do. Hummm. Interesting.

These people need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Just like anyone else who breaks the law.

I understand the frustration of the folks in the line of fire, who have to explain to angry citizens why they can’t take their kids for a walk in a neighborhood riddled with vicious strays. Honestly I do. I think there’s enough frustration here to go around. If that were my neighborhood I would be up in arms. But I just don’t think this particular piece of legislation is going to solve the problem. Not even close. Ask San Antonio how it’s working for them! And who will be there to enforce these new laws? The same people that didn’t enforce the old ones? Seriously?

I am VERY concerned that many surrounding cities will be jumping on the bad legislation bandwagon. Please, dog lovers, stay informed. You may not think this will affect you, but if you are a dog owner, I can almost assure you - it will!!

BEWARE!!! “Unreasonable Dog Legislation” - coming soon to a city near you!!!

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