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Pet Owner and Neighbor Responsibilities

Monday, August 14th, 2006 by Mike Cronk

Archived from “The Paw Report:”  Issue #1, July 

We’re going to take a moment here to discuss our feelings on a recent incident you may have already heard about in “The Hook” or other nearby newspapers. For those of you who don’t know, a cat strayed into a man’s yard and not knowing whose cat it was (or whether it might be feral) the man shot the cat.

It turns out that the cat wasn’t wild but actually was a pet of a neighboring family. While it was able to return home, its severe injuries warranted euthanasia—not exactly the treatment we would hope for from our neighbor if our pets end up wandering.Should the cat have been on his property? Should he have done what he did?

It is our responsibility to keep our pets in our yards although it’s easier to do with dogs (through fencing or training) than it is for cats…they just can’t be trained to stay home! I remember a neighbor’s male cat that wasn’t neutered would often come to our front porch and urinate—we had our own female cat indoors. Phew!! What an awful smell and so hard to get rid of!

But what do you do if an animal is invading your territory and damaging your property? What we recommend is to first try to find out whose cat it is and do your best to compromise with the owner. We were very upset that our neighbor’s cat was infringing on our property and ruining it with that odor so we spoke to the neighbor several times and decided that while we took care of the mess that had already been left, they would keep their cat at home. If that doesn’t work, you can certainly call local law enforcement—you’d be surprised how helpful they can be. Our Animal Control Officer can deal with such a problem in a safe and appropriate manner.

The bottom line here is: keep your pets at home and under your control—it’s for their own safety and is respectful to your neighbors. As a member of the community, report stray animals to proper authority before you take extreme measures—you may never know whose beloved pet that might be that just got away.


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