One woman was cited by the Belleville Police Department when her canine allegedly attacked another canine. The crime appeared in the most recently released crime blotter although the owner, Tiffany M. Garner, may not be guilty at all until there is positive proof in a court of law. She was arrested and later issued a ticket because her dog was loose. The crime purportedly happened on Monday, April 15th at 8:04 a.m. A dog at large was reported to have attacked another dog whose owner was reported to be Garner.
Unfortunately for the dogs that are let loose, that attack other dogs because that is what they have been taught, what they are used to or because they do not know any better will be the ones to receive the most severe punishment of all. Many times their punishment results in death because the dogs are taken away from the irresponsible owner, placed in a shelter, deemed unadoptable and then fall into the category of those to be euthanized.
It is really too bad that some dog owners are not trained better. These are the owners that typically choose to own the ‘throwaway’ breeds of dogs – thus they must justify their offenses with the fact that it is the breed of the dog that causes the dog to act the way that it does. To be honest, the owner’s poor decision and capability is simply not fair to the dogs that they choose. They should really take a good long look in the mirror to determine who the responsible party is!
Perhaps a law should be passed which should stipulate that these individuals are not allowed to own a dog if a court of law proves that they are guilty of a similar offense. One and done. Further, the law should also be equal across the board. If the irresponsible owner is famous or a typical everyday individual, treatment should be the same across the board.
One famous case is Michael Vick. Just because he was in the limelight should not give him any more ability to be above the law than Tiffany M. Garner.
Thankfully Vick’s dogs were rehabilitated and found better homes and lives than they initially began with. Not all dogs are this lucky, though. The football player’s dogs just happened to hit national news due to his publicity status, drawing a lot of attention to their case. Good for them, but bad for all of the dogs, like Garner’s, that may not be as fortunate.
Please, if you are a dog owner, do not take this golden responsibility lightly. Dogs are living, breathing animals and deserve respect and love; not to be forgotten, deserted and treated inhumanely!