February 15, 2013
Pet ownership a
a privilige, not a right
Kudos to Julie Shellhammer, Allen County dog warden, for launching a program to educate dog owners, but also offering low-cost preventative care, including sterilization. I can’t imagine a happy home without at least one dog in it, and Ms. Shellhammer’s extra efforts will help those who want to take on pet responsibility.
I emphasize the word “responsibility.” Neutering pets not only makes for more contented pets, but also helps to prevent more unwanted pets being used for bait animals, or being abandoned to starve and die, or which fill the shelters until they have to be euthanized. Responsible dog ownership means your dog doesn’t run loose, for one thing, it’s against the law unless they are in your control or they are hunting with you. Responsible dog ownership means that your dogs are licensed. Why? Again, it’s the law, but also the fees from licensing helps support your county’s animal shelter.
I do certain pro bono dog cases, but only if the dog has been licensed and hasn’t been allowed to run loose. Pet ownership is a privilege, not a right; and it can be a joy. Thank you Ms. Shellhammer, for all of your efforts.
Michelle L. Baumeister, Lima, Counselor at Law