MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

August 27, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK – Enforce laws to stop animal homelessness


— Homeless animals are an epidemic in Muskogee. What does it take to fix it? Where do you start? When you think about the whole picture it’s overwhelming. Innocent animals put to death because of not spaying or neutering, not being responsible pet owners and over breeding, and the list goes on and on. Many work their butts off trying to find homes, fostering, networking just to keep the animals alive.

This is great, but it doesn’t fix the problem. It’s a temporary fix because there are more animals that take their place. Responsibility falls first-hand on enforcing laws that are in place and making new ones such as mandatory spay and neuter. Write tickets to those that don’t obey the laws that are in place. Get tough and quit turning your head to those that don’t. There is no easy solution, but you have to have a starting point and continually putting a bandage on it doesn’t fix it. City officials need to do their jobs and act professional in doing it. Write tickets every time there is a reason to instead of turning their heads. Animal Control Officers should act and conduct themselves as policemen do, professionally.

Animals should not be adopted out to just anyone without requirements, spayed and neutered, fenced yard, current vaccinations, no criminal record. If you don’t have requirements your putting that animal right back where it came from. How simple is that? You can’t fix all the problems but you have to stop what’s causing the problem.

I was told by an Animal Control Officer, “we write tickets at our discretion,” so to me that means by their law, not the real law.  Because of no spay and neuter laws, there is not enough homes for all the animals in this town. Make people accountable via fines for the laws and city ordinances that are broken every day with the animals. Last but not least, do not be afraid to report any animal abuse or neglect.

LINDA K. LEE

Muskogee