Regarding another sad article in the Brandon Sun about a possible dog mauling death on a reserve.
Can someone please explain to me why, after numerous cases of children and now possibly a teenager dying from a needless attack or mauling by dogs, people feel the need to have dogs when they are not properly cared for or controlled.
Dogs, by nature, are pack animals and when left (or neglected) to their own devices will become uncontrollable and dangerous.
Unfortunately, the majority of these dogs are not taken to a vet for any vaccinations or spaying/neutering. They are left to run wild, breeding constantly and left to fend for themselves.
If cities, small towns and municipalities have bylaws in place to prevent being overpopulated by dogs (and cats) running at large, why can’t the band leaders have something in place to keep from being overpopulated? This would be life-saving all around.
Protect the band’s citizens, especially the children and vulnerable people, and prevent reserves from having “shoot days” and “slaughter” dogs because of irresponsible owners, which is a horrible fate for these “pets.”
I am not saying that all reserve residents are irresponsible pet owners — but something needs to be done with the ones who are and their animals.
I am a pet owner (two dogs and two cats), I also volunteer at the Humane Society and we constantly take in dogs from reserves. Some come in good condition, some close to starving, some of the latter with puppies. They usually require extra time. Some have food aggression, some are shy or just plain scared. They do eventually come around with good food, patience and lots of love to regain trust in people.
The capabilities of these animals to forgive almost anything from their past — they don’t forget — but they do forgive — will always amaze me.
So please, those who have the authority on reserves, do something to prevent these terrible things from happening to your residents and animals.
JANIS D. BUGG
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 17, 2013