It started out like any other day. Maddie and Bailey playing happily in the yard, chasing squirrels, sniffing the cool morning air. Then within seconds it all changed!
A pack of dogs charge the fence, barking and snapping. At first I think its Maddie, because I see her fall and her and Bailey back away from the fence. Bailey comes in first and then Maddie. I look down as Maddie climbs the steps and see blood. Bailey had been bitten. I am on the phone with the authorities within minutes. Maybe something will be done, this time. This should have never happened, I think to myself. We take care of our dogs and give them a safe place to play and run (so we thought.) Why has this gotten to the point where anyone that checks the mail gets chased or harassed by dogs, geese and sometimes goats?
Animal control has been out before, and yet nothing is done. We talk to the neighbor of the animals and they act like since they were here first, they are in the right. After all we moved in next to them. I guess that makes it ok in their eyes to have 8 dogs and one that just had puppies. So if this was a child, would they listen? So far I have been bitten by a cat and now my dog was attacked through our fence. And each time my neighbor gets upset. The Health Dept. came by and served her a citation. She walked away from the official before she was done talking waving the citation around. The poor official just stood there in shock at what she had just seen. Unfortunately this is all too common.
▪ Each year it is estimated that 6-8 dogs and cats enter shelters each year, 3-4 million of those are euthanized each year.
▪ Canines not spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite than sterilized ones.
▪ Dog bites to people of the male gender are approximately two times greater than the incidence involving females.
▪ Mixed breeds and not pure bred dogs are the type of dog most often involved in inflicting bites to people.
▪ Over $2 billion is spent annually by local governments to shelter and ultimately destroy 8-10 million adoptable dogs and cats due of shortage of homes.
▪The main reason for cat overpopulation is feral, free-roaming, un-owned cats.
▪ ‘Purebreds’ account for 30% of all the animals in shelters. ▪ Approximately 55% of dogs and puppies entering shelters are killed, and approximately 71% of cats and kittens entering shelters are killed based on reports from 1,038 facilities across America.
▪An un-spayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per years, with 2.8 surviving kittens per year can total 11,606,077 cats in 9 years and in 6 years one un-spayed female dog and her offspring, can reproduce 67,000 dogs.
▪ The main reasons dogs are surrendered is that owners fail to obedience train or have unrealistic expectations of their pet; the dogs at highest risk of surrender are those acquired at low or no cost, especially those that do not visit a veterinarian regularly. Our neighbors are just one example of hurting not helping. They do not spay or neuter any of their dogs and cats. They have never taken any of their animals to the Vet for care or checkups. And yet they end up with new animals because they put food out for stray cats in the neighborhood. They think they are helping because they provide food and water. To these types of people, these are just animals not a part of the family.
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