by Grand Forks Herald
January 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm in Grand Forks Herald
When the Devils Lake City Commission proposed a law this past fall to limit the number of dogs or cats in a household, a group of pet owners rallied in protest. Continue Reading
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“What we need is a way to make pet owners responsible,” he said. “The person with one dog, if he or she is going to allow that thing to bark all the time, that’s not responsible. Another pet owner may have three or more dogs and you’d never know they have any.”
Bravo. Here’s ^^^^^ someone who understands.
As usual, Government would rather regulate a number than behavior. It’s unjust, it’s unproductive, it’s actually counter-productive, it’s evidence of lazy legislation.
Apparently, they expect that a cop can count, but not make a valid assessment of annoyance/criminal behavior. That is something I’d disagree with.
Government would rather have a law that’s easy to enforce than to take the time, effort, dedication, and enthusiasm to craft legislation that was ACTUALLY BASED on the TRUE PROBLEM instead of something at the limits of what a first-grader can comprehend.
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I have lived out of town for quit a while, but I would like to move into town now. However, I have 3 small, well behaved dogs. The Grand Forks 2-dog-limit is keeping me from becoming a Grand Forks property tax payer. I called the City and was told, “we don’t really enforce it unless there is a complaint or some other problem.” Well, that’s not worth the risk. And, unlike some City officials, I like to abide by the law.
I called Devils lake a couple months ago, and was told they would soon have a 2-dog-limit. That took Devils Lake out of the picture.
I checked with Fargo, and their police department’s website says they have a 6 animal limit. That sounds like a lot, but they already have other ordinances that cover nuisances. I would bet that Grand Forks and Devil’s Lake do too. The difference is that Fargo seems interested in handling law breakers instead of creating them.
I hope the Devils Lake mayor gets his way.
I wonder if the Grand Forks mayor is even aware of his city’s laws? I think he was unaware that it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon into City Hall. He’d probably have to check with Ricky or Petey to see what his official opinion is on the dog limit.
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If your dogs aren’t noisy or bother anyone I really doubt anyone would say anything about it. Once they become noise pollution you better believe someone would most likely complain
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If you only put two out at a time then only but the noisiest of neighbors would even know most likely
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Noisiest or nosiest?
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Spell correct got me again….didn’t even notice it….that’s the trouble with having to look at the keyboard when I type…I don’t hunt and peck, but with my big mitts I need to watch the keys or I’m always correcting
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To the lady about which two dogs she should kill. Instead of giving your excess pets away your first thought was to kill them. Thankfully North Dakota is a great place to pratice animal cruetly (according to a recent article on this site). So with that in mind let me offer you some advice:
1) Why pick just 2 to get rid why not just knock off all 4 of those furry pests after all once all 4 are gone you won’t have to buy food for them be troubled by taking them for walks and lord knows cleaning up after them in yard is just something nobody likes to do
2) Killing your own pets isn’t something you have the stomach for. This could be an issue after all when the boy had to shoot old yeller he did cry and it was very emotional. Well Michael Vick might be looking for some new animals I don’t know how much longer his NFL career will hold out after last seasons horrible preformance he maybe looking for a new line of work.
3) Set them free. But don’t do it in your local neighborhood or the police will write you a ticket for stray dogs. Instead just drive like 500 miles out of town set your pets loose and if they return to you in a few days you know it was meant to be. If they don’t return just lie to yourself and say some loving family adopted them and they are living happily on a farm with each other.
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Prairie Paws is a pet rescue operation in North Dakota that may be of some assistance.
http://prairiepawsrescue.com/ is the organization’s website, and its contact page is here, http://prairiepawsrescue.com/contactus.htm
You can also look up Prairie Paws Rescue on Facebook for information.
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I gave you thumbs down for not staying on subject. The lady was looking for was to dispose of animals not find homes for them
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The lady was using exaggeration to make a point about the unfairness of the regulation. She wanted the id iot lawmakers to consider the ramifications of their unholy work. I have no doubt at all that if the regulation had become effective, she would have found suitable housing for Fido and Spot.
The dogs were not actually in danger. No puppies were harmed in the making of that scene.
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IMHO how many pets a person has is their own business — unless those pets have an adverse effect on others. Such adverse effects could range from noise or poop nuisance to death from biting.
There is an epidemic of dog bite injuries in the USA. Dog owners as well as neighbors of dog owners are advised to learn more about the issues.
The CDC has published several articles. Also, a good overview of legal issues can be found at: http://dogbitelaw.com/
I like dogs, and I also like to walk for exercise. The pepper spray I carry has literally saved my a$$ a couple of times in recent months — once it was a Rottweiler, the other some type of Mastiff. Both were loose in their yards and charged me as I walked by on a public road. I have had similar near misses with a Doberman and a Pit Bull. Who knows what would have happened if it was a small kid rather than me!
Owners — enjoy your pets — but please be aware of the responsibilities that go with them.
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People can’t comprehend the responsibility of feeding their own kids…you think they care about leash laws?
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Although I kind of like the idea of any responsible taxpayer being able to pepper-spray irresponsible parents.
You got her knocked-up AGAIN, and neither of you has any income? PSSSSSST! PSSSSSSST!
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Spay or neuter them instead.
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I get the feeling you’re not referring to pets right?
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To many pet owners think their pet acts the same way with strangers as with them. Or they assume that a pet acts the same when they are not present…… both not true.
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Have you ever seen that show “It Takes A Thief” they used to have on A&E? These ex burglars who now have a business securing homes from burglars would pick a home then set it up with the home owners to rob them at some point with the house set up with cameras all over. I don’t know what else they received but they did get their home set up with all kinds of security afterwards.
Time after time these people with dogs couldn’t believe how easy these guys worked around the dogs with the dogs often following the burglar around from room to room. A family pet might bark when someone comes to the door, but we teach them to behave with people who come in and talk nice to them…add to that a treat and the dog just thinks this is just another friend of yours he can be nice to. It was pretty funny how totally disappointed some of these people were to find out their family pet wasn’t the big bad guard dog they always thought it was
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Too many pet owners view their animals in anthropomorphic terms. So much so, they believe they’ll be reunited in the Great Beyond.
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Holy crap Justisec….Where the hell are you walking with so many critters on the loose?
I believe it was my folks postman who once told them he carried a sugar water mix in case some dog acted aggressive (Those big bags often bring that on). He said that when he shot it on their nose they’d stop and like their face. Every time they got near he’d shoot again and they’d stop. They might of liked the taste, but I think it irritated their noses so they’d leave him alone. You might want to consider a bottle of each. The pepper spray is pretty harsh…especially on a dog. I mean if you really feel threatened then go for it, but if you just want them to move on then maybe the sugar water. Check with animal control they’d know the mix rate
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“Lick”. I’m not sure what I typed that spell correct changed to “liked” but that sure sounds silly.
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There are a number of things Devils Lake could do. First pet license fees are so low they are almost none existent. Raise then to $20 a year for a neutered pet and $50 a year for un-neutered pets. You could put in an exemption for services animals. That will give you more money to enforce leash laws and other laws concerning pets. Second require that any animal released from the pound be chipped. The owner of that animal could always be traced. The owner would pay the fee for this in addition to any fines. Also raise the fees on pets running loose off leash and for NOT licencing the animal. This could be an increasing fine as incidents continue with an owner. Officers would soon learn who the habitual violators are and could watch their pets more closely.
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Cute picture….I wonder if they actually got those cats and dogs to line up like that or was it Photoshop?
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It’s unusual that a city this size doesn’t already have a limit. I’d suggest a maximum of 3 adult dogs with some type of attrition allowance. Gene has it right. Many dog owners think their dogs have rights. A loose dog can be as scary to a toddler as a chainsaw murderer to an adult. That might be a little melodramatic, but the point is, if there weren’t so many rude and irresponsible, insensitive dog owners, we wouldn’t need dog ordinances. Set the number at three and enforce the nuisance ordinance and leash law like you enforce speeding and careless driving.
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Laws, laws everywhere…. and yet, does anyone think that our society is moving in the right direction because of our laws? One thing noone wants to talk about is how LAWS make people mentally lazy. We no longer have to scrutinize our behavior and determine if it is acceptable. We judge right or wrong by the fact of if there’s a law against it or not. So… kids were texting while driving before there was a law…how many of these youths had close calls before they actually got in an accident? And yet, they thought nothing of it. Because they’d been programmed…no law, its all good. Its time we as a society police ourselves as individuals rather than taking the lazy and ignorant way out of demanding a law to relieve us of this mental burden.
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I’m sure that will work great with bank robbers and drunk drivers. You are describing a utopian vision that has a snowballs chance of actually working.
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