Watch out for those animals

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Angie Parsons, an entrepreneur who runs a pet services business in Deer Lake is not wrong when she says more needs to be done for stray animals.

In the Deer Lake area there seems to be a noticeable difference in the amount of dogs and cats walking around without an owner. It’s inconceivable that anyone would want their pets walking around in these record low temperatures with such high snowbanks blocking the view of drivers. The animals cross roads and parking lots and run the risk of being hit on a constant basis, and it’s not fair to them.

Animal control for the area really only has so much in the way of resources. They do their best but they only have so many hours to spend in each community they serve. Like humans in some government-run organizations, animals fall through the cracks.

Parsons is saying that there should be a drop-off point for strays for any wandering strays people might find.

Council is looking at making the community a more pet-friendly area, studying ideas like a dog park. But that doesn’t necessarily mean people will stop letting their dogs and cats run free, and other options.

However, the responsibility doesn’t just rest with the municipality. If you are a pet owner and you open your door and let your dog out without supervision, you shouldn’t be a pet owner.

If your cat is crying at your door to be let in at below zero temperatures, something is wrong and it’s not with the cat.

If we take in an animal we have a duty to protect it. Those who don’t take in an animal shouldn’t be put through the possibility of getting into an accident on the road because of irresponsible pet owners.

Our animals deserve more from us. They do so much and ask so little in return.

Geographic location: Deer Lake

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