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Letter to the editor: Don't punish responsible dog owners
Don't punish responsible dog owners
My name is Karl Hinch and I am currently stationed at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a civilian member of the Department of Defense. I took this assignment because I wanted to make a small contribution to America's efforts in Afghanistan.
My wife, Jan, and I both knew this would be a difficult and stressful six months but we counted on the support of the community and neighbors to help make the six months a little more bearable. While our neighbors have been very supportive, the Bexley safety committee has chosen this time to enforce an ordinance regarding the number of dogs per residence and as a result caused a tremendous amount of stress and pain to Jan and myself.
In response to the actions of the Bexley safety committee we proposed a permit or license plan for families with more than three dogs. The proposed plan would allow for review of the specifics of each request instead of the "one size fits" all ordinance currently in place. That plan is still being reviewed.
Jan also requested an extension to allow us to keep all of our dogs until my return from Afghanistan in April. Bexley denied this request and forced Jan to give up two of our dogs. Like many people we consider our dogs to be a part of our family so this is heartbreaking to us. Jan and I are responsible members of the community and responsible dog owners.
We sincerely hope Bexley approves the permit plan that allows for more than three dogs per residence. Thank you for the opportunity to share our viewpoint.
|On March 4, 2009 Linda said:
I can't believe Bexley could be so heartless to make someone give up their pets! I can see if they are not being taken care of but our pets are like our kids. I don't know who passed this but they need to get rid of them. Who wants heartless people running the city.
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