Irresponsible Dog Owners
Contributor / 2005-08-08 15:00:09
I have just read the article in your newspaper 'A Desperate Plea from APAH'. Whilst their actions are to be applauded, I am left wondering if this organisation would be more effective if their efforts concentrated more on the prevention of cruelty to animals and the education of animal owners and carers.
I am a resident of Campoverde and know only too well about the "blood, sweat and tears." The blood, sweat and tears of trying to walk into the village without being howled at, barked at, growled at or snarled at. The blood, sweat and tears of having your sleep disturbed at all hours of the night and early morning. The blood, sweat and tears of not being able to enjoy the afternoon siestas, through the constant howling and barking.
You cannot blame the individual animals for their behaviour, after all they have been left to fend for themselves by their respective owners/ carers who are doing their own things for the day or night.
So as a preventative measure, would it not be more productive for the APAH to target this kind of irresponsible owner/ carer by education of animal welfare. After all, is it not this type of owner/carer who will eventually succumb to the ill-treatment or abandonment of their animals.
May I also suggest that these irresponsible owners/carers can be easily identified by a member or members of APAH just walking the streets of Campoverde. However, caution should be exercised as many of these irresponsible dog owners allow their animals to contaminate the streets, so care should be taken in what they tread in and take home.