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Forget birds; focus on dogs

Dear Editor:

As for all of the hoopla about the "pet birds" in Belle Meade, I have a hard time getting worked up about this.

So much, for "love thy neighbor" though. I thought it was almost incredible that this took on the life that it did -- a "slippery slope," indeed. But, this is just me.

By the way, these birds never defecated in my yard, ran in packs, hung out on the golf course, mauled my cat, "showed their teeth," charged me, dug up my flower beds or were allowed to have the run of the neighborhood. These roaming dogs in Belle Meade, on the other hand, are a nuisance and a menace. It is a matter of time before someone (or a pet) is attacked and injured seriously.

A county ordinance states that dogs must be confined to the owner's property. If I see violations, county authorities tell me that my options are clear -- have the dog picked up by animal control or file a complaint with law enforcement. Seems unfair to me to have the dog picked up, huh? When pets of any kind are allowed to roam, I consider it a complete lack of respect for people like me who bear the brunt of irresponsible pet ownership.

If it becomes necessary to avail myself to the aforementioned options, then I will and with a resolve -- now that I know about them. The law is on my side, so to speak.


Alex Cawthon


Web posted on Thursday, February 24, 2011

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