You get into some pretty emotional territory very quickly when you have issues with people and their pets.
It’s something we’ll learn a couple times this week.
In Tuesday’s paper, Matt Gardner told the story of Lorene McLeod, who lost her cat Muffinhead when a pair of dogs attacked her two pet cats on her front porch on Saturday. Her other cat, Loverboy, was injured but survived.
It seems like it may have been someone out for a drive who kicked their dogs out of the vehicle to get some exercise and then gathered them up after the attack.
While we have some strong opinions about people who “walk” their dog from behind a steering wheel, this seems like an especially egregious pet crime.
For a cat to be slaughtered on its own porch by dogs belonging to a driver too lazy to get out and walk, it would take some amazing mental gymnastics to justify their actions.
In a second story you’ll be reading later this week, a couple’s problems with a neigbour’s dog led to a physical confrontation that ended up with the police involved.
And it’s not just an anti-dog thing.
Recently we had a letter to the editor from Wayne Grolla, who said that cats in the West Hill area are damaging his yard. Here’s part of what he wrote.
“It appears that the cat owners have no concept or don’t care about the amount of money people spend to beautify their yards. I would live trap these cats however the SPCA has no room at the Inn for them. “I’m not complaining about one cat; it’s five cats roaming freely in this neighbourhood I know three of these cats are from one house.
“I am a responsible cat owner and my cat is only allowed outside under supervision. I can’t understand why these cat owners can’t control their cats. Control your cats and make your neighbours happy.”
No pet owner is perfect and no pet is perfect. They have a funny way of occasionally doing exactly the opposite of what they’ve led you to expect from them.
That’s one thing. But when the issues become systemic and the pet owners fail to correct the situation or the behavior, that’s another thing.
The animals in our lives can develop amazing bonds with us that turn them into family. We’re quick to excuse transgressions, especially when they’re out of character.
But it’s important to remember that our neighbours don’t often see our animals the same way.
As a result, our pets have to be controlled so that they too are good neigbours.
Prince Albert Daily Herald