Due to the recent attack by a viscious dog on a 15 year old boy in Saline County, the issue of animal control has been in the forefront of my mind. I live in Saline County and have been threatened by someone's pet who was running loose in my own carport. I have to wonder what would have happened if it had been my 4 yr. old grandson out there instead of me.
There are many pets running loose in my neighborhood, most of which are meaning no harm and are just following their natural instincts to roam and explore. Yes, sometimes they do present me with some aggravation: they dig in my flower beds and leave me little presents, they bark all night causing me to run out of the house at 3am screaming for them to hush, literally. I can't even open my windows to catch a little fresh night air filled with the sounds of the crickets to lull me to sleep on a cool spring night, not anymore. All of these things really do irritate me, but I can live with them and will not approach my neighbors so as to continue with the friendly, cooperative atmosphere on our road. However, I would not hesitate to shoot and kill a dog who posed a threat to me or my family or friends. I would shoot it right after I made it back inside my house, found the combination to the gun safe, figured out how to open it for only the second time this year, picked out a gun, found the matching ammunition, loaded the gun and made it back outside to face the angry viscious dog who generously waited for his impending doom. Does this sound like a reasonable plan of action? I guess I would have to stay permanently prepared for an attack if there were a mean dog stalking me or my neighborhood.
Saline County has a Viscious Dog Ordinance. It can be interpreted differently by anyone who reads it. I really don't think that's a good thing, but regardless it really makes no difference. You see, we have this ordinance which cannot be enforced because we have no people trained or tools to capture the viscious animals, no vehicle in which to transport them, and no place to take them to be held. So what we have to protect us from attacks is nothing. Why even have an ordinance at all?
Think about it. This boy now goes home to recover in the neighborhood where this dog who attacked him still lives. Will he pass by the dog as he limps to the bus stop in the mornings?
I would like to hear your stories of attacks by viscious dogs in Saline County. Whether to your pets, yourself, or others, it does not matter. I am curious as to how prevalent this problem is in our community. Who knows, maybe it will help us find a solution other than the nothing that we have.