Letters to the Editor

Punished for being responsible

Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing! Two weeks ago, Animal Control came to our door to warn about a new outbreak of rabies. While chatting with my son, they asked if we had pets. He replied that we had three cats, two neutered males and a stray female we had adopted that had just given birth to three kittens. He explained that we had located responsible homes for the kittens. The officer then handed him a $100 ticket for not obtaining a breeding permit (if not paid in 30 days, it goes up to $500). The officer said our cat must be microchipped and the kittens cannot change ownership for six months.

After researching, I realized they are within their bounds and I will pay the fine. Is this the way they treat those who take responsibility for their pets? I guess they have been taking revenue-generating classes from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, which overlooks the big picture (drugs, illegal immigration, theft, etc.) to concentrate on giving parking tickets to those more than 18 inches from the curb! And people wonder why I dream about leaving California.

LINDA SIDELL

Waterford

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