Regarding "Owners in the doghouse" (Oct. 21, Page A-1): I was dismayed and embarrassed by some of the retorts of individuals in the article.
Assuredly, some of the fines levied were excessive. But it is inappropriate to equate the size of the dog with the size of the fine.
The size of the dog in the fight tells you nothing about the size of the fight in the dog. My dad had 50 stitches in his arm from an altercation with a 20-pound dog. A good friend was bit recently by a small dog, not on a leash -- and the owner was rude. My friend was afraid of dogs before this event, and now she's doubly afraid of dogs -- and dog owners.
As a dog owner, I cherish my dogs, but I would never put them before my family. Dog ownership comes after meeting family financial needs. If someone owns dogs, has a family and complains about fines, possibly it is time to rethink their priorities.
As a dog owner, I was saddened to hear other dog owners minimize the emotional, physical and financial costs their errant animals place on other members of our community.