Petition Tag - animals

121. For the unrestricted movement of animals between EU countries

It is not fear to let people travel all over the Europe without any restriction and not let to do so to their animals. It is crazy to think that we could keep at home sick animal and do not treat it.

We must take pets together because only we know how to treat them best and only we love them most. How can we be happy traveling without our family friends.

Let's get EU attention and make this crazy system stop working. Our pets are like our kids to us, how can they restrict their movements, as we are free in EU.

122. Mutilation And Theft Of Deceased Domestic Animal Body Parts To Consistently Constitute A Criminal Offence In UK Law

Vicious Mutilation of Family Cat

Our family pet cat was recently found dead and mutilated with many of his body parts missing.

The post-mortem that followed could not determine a cause of death since vital body and organ identifiers had been removed. However, the examination did prove that the mutilation was deliberate and that further, several parts were removed post mortem.

On notifying the authorities of this atrocity; we have been informed that the police cannot pursue any sort of investigation as a criminal offence has apparently not taken place under the jurisdiction Greater Manchester Police force. The explanation given for the lack of police intervention is that interference with our cat’s body occurred after his death.

The purpose of this petition therefore, is to close the gap in the law that relates to the act of purposeful mutilation and theft of body parts from the carcass of family pets regardless as to the original cause of death.

We understand that in certain areas such an act is found to be criminal and is thus covered by the Criminal Damage Act, 1971. Justification of this stance is given to the fact that; within the law a domestic animal is and should be viewed, as the absolute property of its owner.

Why can there not be a consistent course of action for animal cruelty offences, before and after death, pursued throughout every police force in England?

To be considered further is the proven link between the mutilation of animals by individuals and their tendency to progress onto further, more violent crimes. We believe that there has to be a deterrent within the law against this type of behaviour and to protect our communities.

Clearly, at this time, the law is not in our favour and as such, we would petition for action to be taken to enforce criminal damage suits against proven offenders and that moreover, the police are permitted to investigate such barbarous acts of crime against family pets and indeed all animals with a serious intent to prosecute offenders.

123. Stop The Use Of Cruel Leg-Hold Traps On Wildlife

Gin traps – these are horrible, mechanical devices, designed to grasp an animal by the leg using spring-operated metal jaws. In their desperation to escape the pain and terror of being trapped, the captured animal will sometimes bite off the limb that has been caught. The use of gin traps has been illegal in the UK since 1958 and is banned in 90 other countries around the world.

The Government of South Africa is now proposing new legislation which will permit the use of the mis-named “Soft Traps” to capture animals suspected of attacking livestock. In action and effect, Soft Traps are the same as gin traps. It is a totally misleading name for such a nasty, cruel device.

124. Save America's Bats: Implement USFWS's WNS National Plan

White-nose Syndrome (WNS) is a disease affecting bats that has killed more than one million bats in the past four years. Many biologists are describing it as the most precipitous decline of North American wildlife in the past century.

The loss of bats from WNS may impact the economy, the environment and human health. As primary predators of night flying insects, bats eat agricultural pests that damage crops and decrease the use of pesticides. They also eat insects that pose risks to human health.

The disease is spreading quickly. Since 2006, the disease has spread from New York to 14 states and two Canadian provinces. The fungus’ reach extended almost 500 miles over the last two winters. And a recent study published in the journal Science predicts the Northeast population of little brown myotis (one of the most common US bats) will become regionally extinct within two decades due to White-nose Syndrome.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has developed the National Plan for Assisting States, Federal Agencies, and Tribes in managing White-nose Syndrome in Bats, currently open for public comments. We applaud USFWS for taking this important first step to protect bats. However, they must act swiftly to fund and implement the plan in order to slow the spread of this deadly disease.

Please urge the US Fish and Wildlife Service to expedite the implementation of the plan and to ensure all agencies provide adequate funding and staffing to execute the plan before it is too late.

125. Save Lives: Increase Los Angeles City Limits on Pet Ownership from 3 Dogs and 3 Cats to 5 Dogs and 5 Cats

We request that the Los Angeles City Council increase the current pet limits per household from 3 cats and 3 dogs to 5 cats and 5 dogs. We believe this will help decrease the number of animals that are euthanized in Los Angeles, which in 2009 included 19,547 cats and dogs.

Raising pet limits will help us save more lives by connecting homeless shelter animals to households who want them. Increasing pet limits will also generate badly needed revenue for Los Angeles Animal Services through registration fees.

Councilmember Bill Rosendahl introduced a motion to the City Council June 5 to increase pet limits, and Councilmember Paul Koretz seconded the motion. Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette also strongly supports increasing pet limits from 3 dogs and cats to 5 dogs and cats. As of early December 2010, the motion remains in committee.

Many areas around the country do not have such strict restrictions on household pet ownership. For example, our neighbors in the city of Santa Monica have no limits on either cats or dogs. Riverside County allows nine cats before a kennel permit is required. San Diego County and Santa Barbara County have no cat limits.

For the last 10 years, the City of San Diego has not had a cat limit. The limit on dogs is 6. The Live Save rate for San Diego County Animal Services that covers both the City and the County is 82% for dogs and 54% for cats (Fiscal Year 2008-09 with intake of 48,878). During this same Fiscal Year 2008-09, the Live Save rate for Los Angeles is 73% for dogs and just under 39% for cats.

Councilmen Rosendahl wrote that “The current downturn in the economy has resulted in a higher rate of animal abandonment and has contributed to a 20% increase in the rate of impounds. To exacerbate the problem, over the past several years budget reductions in the Department of Animal Services have reduced the level of service provided to animals in the City’s shelters.”

PLEASE help get the word out! Do it for the animals who are counting on us. We must show the Council members that saying “Yes” to the increased pet limits is the right thing to do and is what the community wants.

126. HORROR - In Bistrita - Romania - Slaughter house for strays

It has come to our knowledge that , again, in Bistrita, strays are massacred by the hundreds with the full co-operation of the local authorities....

Romania is the worst country in Europe when it comes to the protection of animals...The most horrifying and barbaric acts of cruelty are covered up by authorities, condoned and even incited to by authorities.

Contracts with high amounts of money are signed with companies who violate the law for the protection of animals ...Many elected officials "make" the law in their cities with complete disregard for the Romanian Laws.

Killing of strays has become an "Eldorado" for many and this might be the reason, authorities do not want a national spay/neuter program.

This has to stop... (Viata de caine prin grija angajatilor Primariei Bistrita) (Adăpostul pentru câini al Primăriei Bistriţa – lagăr de exterminare) (“Vecineee! …Imi dai si mie o semnatura pentru caine?”)

127. Stop The Poisoning Of Dogs In Urziceni - Romania

It appears obvious that the mayor of URZICENI, not only knows very well what is happening but most likely AGREES... It also appears that the Police of Urziceni does not take the right actions as stipulated in the Romanian Law for animal protection... It also appears that even the prosecutors and judges do not take Romanian Laws seriously, although they should be THE FIRST to implement the laws of the country...

It is so obvious that Romanian officials do not take their own laws into consideration.

Source : "Mesagerul de Urziceni "

2009 massacre ( corpses of poisoned dogs and dogs in agony) in a residential area the night before the visit of a candidate to the Presidential election = cleaning up=

Extermination of strays in Urziceni - very entertaining for some locals...The Prosecutor Daniel Pata..refused to defer to justice the ones suspected of dropping the poison,_sport_local_la_Urziceni

Campaign to exterminate dogs with poison ( FURADAN - which by the way is BANNED in all EU....),_de_primavara%22

Keeping on killing dogs by poisoning them or beating them to death,_orasul_Evului_Mediu_Exterminarea_cainilor_fara_stapan_continua_cu_aceleasi_arme_furadanul_si_lopata

The Prosecutor Daniel Pata, refuses AGAIN to start an investigation....

With all the documentation, with witnesses who caught the city hall employees dropping poison in the areas where dogs used to live...the PROSECUTOR still refuses to press charges, even more the president of the Romanian federation against cruelty to animals ( FRPCA - Mr.Mircea Serbanoiu) was him self almost kicked out from the Mayor's office

We ask you all to reconsider your position about the law for animal protection, to fully investigate each and every case of cruelty, and KILLING of strays, to bring to justice those responsible for such illegal activities, regardless of who they are...By continuing these criminal activities and by continuing to cover them up, you will continue to tarnish the image of your own country and you should be held accountable...

Romania has gained a very bad reputation all over the world due to the massacres of animals, the constant lack of implementation of the law, the complete disregard of Romanian authorities for the international treaties and conventions which Romania signed and for the constant violation of Romanian laws most of the times starting with elected officials.

The tarnishing of the image of Romania is the fault of Romanian authorities who do not do anything to stop the slaughter of stray animals...

128. No More Killing Of Strays - Satu-Mare - Romania

We have become aware of the following : Veterinarian Magor Attila has killed over 1,000 dogs based on a law which is not in force any more, at the orders of Mr. Mayor Ilyes Iuliu.

(In urma aparitiei in ziarul Adevarul de Satu Mare a articolului "Satu Mare: 90% din maidanezi au fost eutanasiati" am contactat "medicul veterinar" al adapostului, Magor Attila, care mi-a confirmat ca a ucis cainii pentru ca "astea sunt dispozitiile primarului pentru ca ei nu au de ce si cu ce sa tina cainii in adapost".

In Satu-Mare-Romania, with the knowledge and from the order of the MAYOR more than 1,000 dogs have been killed, illegally , be the veterinarian who continues to act based on a specific article of an old law , which article is no longer in force...

These crimes must stop and those who broke the law, which they were suppose to implement, must be punished...

Unfortunately the horrifying crimes against animals in Romania happen for far too long and we ask and hope that all authorities in that country will take, finally, the necessary measures to stop the massacres.

129. Stop Male Brutality

So much grief in this world is due to male brutality, in all its manifestations, towards animals, children, women, people & populations, and the environment. Something has to be done!

130. Protect the Alexander Archipelago Wolf

Wolves in Alaska have been under attack since the 1940s. A federal poisoning and aerial shooting campaign began following World War II. By the mid-1950s the government had greatly reduced wolf numbers in much of south central and interior Alaska. While poisoning was banned after statehood in 1959, aerial shooting and bounty payments continued through the 1960s.

After the passage of the Federal Airborne Hunting Act in 1972 and the termination of the bounty, wolf numbers increased. By the mid-1970s hunters demanded state-sponsored wolf control and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game responded with helicopter shooting programs. Considerable public opposition stopped these state-sponsored programs, but land-and-shoot hunting of wolves by private hunters continued through the 1980s into the early 1990s.

The current population of Alexander Archipelago wolves is thought to be between 750 and 1,100.

131. Protect our Civil Liberties Say NO to pet limit law in Gates NY

We were visited on Sept 1st by the dog warden informing us that we had 1 too many dogs than the town allows. We were then told that 1 dog had to go. We have had our newest dog since December of 09 and she is very much a part of the family. To let her go would be like letting go one of my kids, and totally out of the question.

132. Stop Animal Testing

Animal testing, also known as animal experimentation, animal research, and in vivo testing, is the use of non-human animals in experiments. Worldwide it is estimated that 50 to 100 million vertebrate animals are used annually—from zebrafish to non-human primates.Invertebrates, mice, rats, birds, fish, frogs, and animals not yet weaned are not included in the figures; one estimate of mice and rats used in the United States alone in 2001 was 80 million.

The earliest references to animal testing are found in the writings of the Greeks in the second and fourth centuries BCE. Aristotle (Αριστοτέλης) (384-322 BCE) and Erasistratus (304-258 BCE) were among the first to perform experiments on living animals. Galen, a physician in second-century Rome, dissected pigs and goats, and is known as the "father of vivisection. Avenzoar, an Arabic physician in twelfth-century Moorish Spain who also practiced dissection, introduced animal testing as an experimental method of testing surgical procedures before applying them to human patients.

Animals have been used repeatedly through the history of biomedical research. In the 1880s, Louis Pasteur convincingly demonstrated the germ theory of medicine by inducing anthrax in sheep. In the 1890s, Ivan Pavlov famously used dogs to describe classical conditioning. Insulin was first isolated from dogs in 1922, and revolutionized the treatment of diabetes. On November 3, 1957, a Russian dog, Laika, became the first of many animals to orbit the earth. In the 1970s, antibiotic treatments and vaccines for leprosy were developed using armadillos, then given to humans. The ability of humans to change the genetics of animals took a large step forwards in 1974 when Rudolf Jaenisch was able to produce the first transgenic mammal, by integrating DNA from the SV40 virus into the genome of mice.

This genetic research progressed rapidly and, in 1996, Dolly the sheep was born, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. So please, if you care about the animals, sign this petition.

133. Bring back Cadbury Yowies

Cadbury Yowie, first launched in 1997, invented by Bryce Courtenay and Geoff Pike. Yowies were 27g Cadbury Dairy Milk moulded chocolate foiled characters which contained a capsule holding a token and a creature from the Australian Bush, explaining the rarity value, existence and habitat.

In mid 2005 the Yowie was removed from sales in Australia and New Zealand.

134. Start an animal shelter in Nyngan

We dont have anything in place for nyngan's animals and there welfare.

There are a lot of people whom do not care for there animals properly.

135. One Voice - Claurice's Law

We have realized that there are no laws to protect an animal when it has been wrongfully treated, misdiagnosed or cared for under a Veterinarian's supervision or treatment. Animals are considered property and not actual a living part of a family, even though they are.

We have an absolute responsibility to protect these animals and make sure that they are safe at all costs. The goal is to establish into law a Bill that will protect animals under this law from misdiagnose or treatment in every veterinarian clinic or private practice in the United States, starting with New York State, first. We want the State to adopt Claurice's Law.

136. Free or Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program in Moncton Area Needed

Stopping pet overpopulation starts with you!

Spaying or neutering your pet is an important decision for pet owners. As animal lovers who value our pets, it is important to understand the impact of this decision.

The number of homeless animals varies —in some areas there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless "street" animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds.

Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

But it's not just the animals who suffer due to our failure to spay and neuter. Capturing, impounding and eventual euthanasia costs taxpayers and private agencies millions of dollars each year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

137. Save our rainforests from palm oil production

There are many animals and plants even trees in the rainforest going extinct so now you can help!

Also Malaysia is the top palm oil producer (44%) and Indonesia is second with 36 %!

138. International Youth Accord on Biodiversity

Youth from 14 countries around the world have drafted the International Youth Accord on Biodiversity. It has been signed by people in more than 50 countries and has been translated into more than 20 languages. The youth will present the Accord to world leaders at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity 10th Conference of the Parties in Nagoya, Japan during October 2010.

The NGO Biodiversity Matters hosts the Accord, alongside some of their other work, at


For the last 16 years all compassionate citizens of Plovdiv and the world have been appalled by the ongoing, obnoxious practices of animal abuse at the County - owned Animal Shelter for dogs /or otherwise known as "isolator"/ in Plovdiv.

This hell hole of a shelter has a long violent history of animal neglect, torture and killing. Many have witnessed acts of unspeakable cruelty such as dogs being kicked and bludgeoned to death, dogs being strangled, drowned, skinned or burnt alive. On the other hand almost nothing has been done by the Mayor of Plovdiv and its administration, or the Chief Prosecutor, or the Director of the National Veterinary Service, or the Minister of Agriculture, or the Prime Minister, or the President for that matter to punish those responsible or remedy this appalling situation.

The provision of services concerning domestic and stray animals, including dogs, domesticated and feral cats, is governed primarily by the Veterinary Medical Act 1999/2006, the Animal Protection Bill /APB/ 2008 and the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals.

From the time of the enactment of the Animal Protection Bill, the County has failed and refused to follow the laws. It has been the County’s practice and policy to ignore the mandates of the legislature, as follows:

1. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.51 and Veterinary Medical Act art.179 the County has routinely euthanised dogs labeled ‘’aggressive’’ without justification or prior temperament testing.

2. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.51 and the Veterinary Medical Act art.179 the County has routinely euthanised dogs labeled ‘’terminally ill’’ arbitrarily and without medical justification.

3. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.58 1. the County has established a pattern and practice of failing to cooperate with non-profit animal rescue organizations, by routinely denying such groups access to relevant documentation and ignoring their requests for information.

4. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.16(4)(5), art.41(6) and art.44 3, the County has made it a policy and practice to thwart the public’s ability to adopt impounded animals by failing to promote such adoptions in the media or internet, by restricting viewing hours and by denying the public an opportunity to interact with the animals.

5. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.45, 1 and 5 and art.46(3) the County has established a practice and policy of euthanising treatable animals, without providing medical care to the animal. Further, the APB art.16 (2) specifically requires "necessary and prompt veterinary medical care" for sick or injured animals, which has not been provided to many or all of the animals brought to the County shelter.

6. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.45, 8 the County has established a practice of routinely euthanising animals without the mandatory signature and consent of the ‘’third person’’, appointed representative of NGO.

7. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.14(1) 1,2 and (2) the County has failed to offer decent sanitary conditions to impounded animals, which has resulted in staggering death rate.

8. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill the County has failed to provide adequate facilities, instruments and technical equipment in the pound for remedial and diagnostic purposes.

9. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill art.10 (1), (2) 1, and the Veterinary Medical Act art.151, 1, it has been reported that impounded animals are killed with extreme malice and cruelty, highly indicative of the sadistic predisposition of the personnel involved.

10. In violation of the Animal Protection Bill and the Veterinary Medical Act at present the Animal Shelter operates illegally /without a license/ due to a failure to comply with any of the requirements of Regulation 41 concerning animal pounds and shelters.

According to article 43 par. (1) of the Animal Protection Bill, the Mayor must guarantee free access to all members of the public to the municipal dog pound, as well as to secure adequate public control over the facility. The Bill also prohibits in art. 45 par. (8) the euthanasia of aggressive or terminally ill animals without the signature and consent of a “third party”, appointed representative of NGO (animal welfare organisation).

None of these legal requirements have also been met. As a result of several complaints about the horrific practices in the dog pound resulting in animal deaths and suffering, the Mayor of Plovdiv Slavcho Atanasov passed a decree according to which no NGO members or members of the press shall ever again be freely allowed to enter the pound, question staff members, photograph animals, revise documents or observe the daily running of the same. The Mayor also appointed as “third party” one of the cleaners in the pound, which is a conflict of interest and a recipe for corruption.

Furthermore we wrote to the District Attorney, the Chief Prosecutor, the Prime Minister and the President on twelve separate occasions, revealing facts that prove dozens of violations of the Penal Code by the management and staff members of the pound. Sadly enough our complaints have not been heard. Those responsible for enforcing the Law have failed miserably.

140. Stop the use of Rozol for prairie dog control

A recent article stated that using Rozol, an anticoagulant, threatens our protected wildlife when its used to cruelly used to control prairie dog population.

While prairie dogs bleed from every orifice for about twenty days before they die, animals such as hawks, golden eagles, foxes, and other protected wildlife have been showing up dead around Rozol treatment sights. Of all animal carcasses tested, all of them showed lethal amounts of Rozol in their systems.

141. Stop the Culling of Australia's Wild Horses!

Brumbies are Australia's wild horses. They are called 'feral' by many and get culled because they apparantly "Destroy the environment". Please sign this if you would like to save the Brumbies and stop the culling.

142. Stop Animal Euthanization

It has been reported that 350 animals, cats and dogs, have been infected with ringworm. According to studies, ringworm is curable. There are many methods to cure ringworm, but may take a several months.

According to the Canadian Press Article
( , OSPCA has decided that euthanization is the best solution because it will take several months to cure ringworm and have no time nor money for this treatment. It has been discovered that the outbreak was caused by human error. Protocols for identifying ringworm in the animals were not followed.

OSPCA should find an alternative, for example, raising money for treatment and taking time to treat the animals oppose to terminating them. There are many alternatives, they should find the best one. An animal should not loose their life because of a human error- it was not their fault, it was human error.

Sign your name, Save a Life.

143. Ban Smoking in Cars Carrying Animals

Animals can get cancer from second hand smoke the same way humans can.

144. Tighter Regulation on Dog Trainers

In the UK, anybody can set themselves up as a 'professional' dog trainer.

Many people are unaware of the fact that it is possible to have never owned, trained or even seen a dog for a person to set themselves up and call themselves a dog trainer, let alone have any professional credentials or business competency.

Given the elevated position of trust that dog trainers are in, it is absolutely wrong that the public is offered no protection from the con-artists and downright incompetent trainers, many of whom have only ever read the odd book or watched TV dog trainers before embarking on their careers.

As competition amongst more and more 'dodgy dog trainers' heats up, there is an increasing and worrying trend for certain individuals to rely on gimmicks and downright lies in order to win business from unsuspecting members of the public. Unscrupulous marketing methods and downright lies are often used by these dogdy trainers in order to con members of the public in to using their services.

For instance, some trainers have been publicly exposed as blatantly misrepresenting their professional credentials and lying about their associations in order to trick trusting dog owners in to believing they are more competent than they are. This has to stop.

This petition is to call for tighter regulation and insistence on a set professional code of conduct as well as competency testing for anyone who sets themselves up as a professional dog trainer.

This will help to prevent the public being duped by so-called professional dog trainers who, in any other profession, would simply be referred to as con-artists.

145. Make animal Euthanization illegal

for years animals that nobody wanted have been killed through Euthanization, which is a greek word meaning "good death" first of all there is nothing good about killing animals nobody wants. They would never kill a child in an orphanage, or an elderly person in a nursing home, or a vegetable on life support (without family consent) so why animals? is it because they can't speak, or read? this is a pressing problem, if we ever want to achieve world peace, we have to start at home, this includes not killing the innocent.

146. Justice For Animals

There has always been love for animals. When I learned about what little consequences there were for animal abuse and neglect, I decided that it was best to take action. Most animal neglect cases are only misdemeanors and people rarely see an institution or pay a high price for their crimes.

Animal abuse, abandonment, and lack of help are too common in our world, and this will help assist those who cannot help themselves. Most people who have pets know that they are wonderful companions, and that they will continue to be as long as they are cared for. Additionally, many people do not think about how unfortunate it is when an animal does not have a home. Immanuel Kant once said, "He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men... We can judge the heart of a man by his dealings with animals." Anyone who would harm or neglect an animal most likely would harm or neglect a human too. A way to help prevent this would be stricter laws against anyone who abuses or neglects an animal. Help to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

147. Torremolinos; Stop Trying To Starve Cats To Death

My U.K. charity, Paws in Need (registration 1110537) has spent many thousands of euros in Torremolinos (Andalucia) neutering abandoned cats. We have managed to find homes for some of them but many have to still live on the street.

We are obliged to provide food for their survival or else they will die a slow and agonizing death from starvation. Yet now a sign has been put up by a resident in Calle Brasil and by a resident at La Roca telling us not to feed the cats. An administrator at Pueblo Blanco has reported our helper to the sanitation department for feeding starving cats and a man with a dog waits outside at night to try to prevent the cats being fed .I am also aware various ayuntamentos in this area try to stop people feeding the cats. The cats and our helpers are under constant threat from cat haters whom the mayor supports by his attitude, and babaric by-laws giving us, and the cats, no protection or support.

This however is wrong on several points.
1) It inflicts extreme cruelty onto animals many of whom were dumped by people in that area;
2) It violates human rights and freedom by forcing people to violate their environmental beliefs. If they believe they can not leave hungry animals to die a slow painful death they are being forced to violate those beliefs.

148. Stop Chinese Fur Farms!

This is inhuman. These poor animals are having their skin ripped off for what? The pleasure of humans. Society has everything that it wants other than fur. The one thing that we can't have naturally we have to take and it's wrong.

On these farms, foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, exposed to driving rain, freezing nights, and, at other times, scorching sun.

149. Save the wolves

I want people to make wolves a sanctuary. I mean wolves are awsome but everyone hates them just because they need to eat.

150. Lamar County needs a Leash Law (Belle's Law)

Lamar County in South Mississippi is one of the fastest growing counties with an agrarian history. For at least the past five years, homeowners have allowed their animals to roam the streets freely with little regard to other animals or humans alike.

In 2009, there were 16 reported animal nuisance calls to the Lamar County Sheriffs Office and during the week of 01/18/10 there were two incidents concerning animals. One incident occurred in a neighborhood where a woman on her daily walk was accosted and bitten by a neighbor's dog; the other incident involved a neighbor's dog gaining access to another neighbor's little dog via a locked fence and gate. The little dog, Belle, was torn from head to tail by the other dog.

We are constantly hearing about how Lamar County has no leash laws, has no animal laws, and has no animal control. In today's 21st Century, it is time to at least pass a leash law levied with fines to those pet owners who disregard the proposed law.