Ordinance a good idea
I believe it is a great idea to have an abandoned animal ordinance. No one should turn an animal lose in a neighborhood or park. This ordinance should include pet owners that turn pets loose in the neighborhood. These animals can get injured or become pests.
If an animal is caught and turned in to animal control, the pet owner should be get a citation for abandonment, as should a trapper that would turn such a darling creature loose to again fend for itself and to become a pest in yet another neighborhood.
DON HANKINS SR.
Prosecute pet trappers
How we treat this planet and everything on it is an important measure of our love and respect for it.
It is very evident to me that the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors and the district attorney's office place little value on the lives of animals. The D.A. is refusing to prosecute the man who admitted to The Bee that he traps and dumps his neighbors' cats. Stanislaus County code states, "It is unlawful for any person to abandon any animal dead or alive." The law is on the county's website.
How people treat animals is telling in how they treat people. Animals have life, and life is a precious thing. People who are cruel to animals represent a threat to our community.
There is not a lot of awareness that there is a connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence. County officials need to be educated about the connection of animal cruelty to all kinds of violence.
"My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop and do nothing, we ourselves share in the guilt." Anna Sewell, author, "Black Beauty."