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12/8/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: No harm, no foul

This is a letter to Mohave County Board of Supervisors Hildy Angius, Joy Brotherton and Steven Moss.

I send you this important plea because I trust your integrity and your role as newly elected county supervisors in defending our rights.

The topic is animal control enforcement on loose dogs without a license.

I have heard nightmare stories the last few years about dog owners who had to go to court and plead guilty of a misdemeanor in the same court reserved for real criminals. Just because their dog was loose or was without a dog tag.

I don't want to go into the issue of being forced to pay for a tax just because I own one dog or more on my own property. I reserve that matter for a later time. But why, in a free society, should we be afraid to face a judge and go through the same criminal process if our dog escapes? I would like to say that if the dog did not harm any person or damage any property, it should not be a crime.

Please, you have the power delegated to you by us, to remove this dark piece of legislation and bring back some basic quality of life based on freedom and happiness in our county.

We don't want to live in fear and create more of a burden on our already crippled county judicial system.

Let's remove this misdemeanor and leave it to a civil fine. You can do it.

Luca Zanna

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: biker randy

A few days ago my wife was walking our 2 small dogs on leashes when she came in close proximity to a young woman walking 2 big dogs(unleashed) and 1 small dog. The big dogs were wandering anywhere they wanted to. Our small dogs started barking @ the big dogs and this provoked the big dogs to come over and each 1 picked up our small dogs by their mouth and were ready to bite them in half!! Luckily my wife was able to get both big dogs to release our small dogs before they killed them. Come to find out the woman walking the 3 dogs was the girlfriend of the 2 big dog's owner who lives locally. She didn't seem to care either way what could have happened to our small dogs. Wish I knew who the bigger dogs belong to in our neighborhood because I've seen the big dogs roaming loose before.

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: Jack a Lope

i agree 100% with Luca, i also have the right to shoot that dog if it sets foot in my yard.

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: gianluca zanna

I like to engage in a civil debate with people that are not afraid to sign their real names... till then, I don't waste my time with fearful cowards.

Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013
Article comment by: az mac

I see both responses did not understand what Luca wrote. I see you people do not like taking responsibility for your actions. More regulations equals less freedom and cost you more money.

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: Just a Thought

Let us start this dissertation by pointing out to Luca that when your dog is loose it infringes on the rights of others not to have dogs. Luca you get a tag for your dog or cat when they are vaccinated for rabies. This will notify persons when a dog is loose that they may be safe if bitten. I have dogs and enjoy their unconditional love for us. But and the key work is But do everything I can to keep others persons life dog free by their choosing. That includes the inconsiderate people who willfully bring their dogs into supermarkets and even Home depot. They are infringing on my right to have an animal free experience. So in closing, you and your type need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. With that said the animal must be removed from you homes and given to true animal lovers. They will protect the animal and other humans.

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Although I don't advocate more laws or government controls I agree with pet restrictions. I find it fascinating that people will walk their dog (only leash law in county is your dog must be within 500ft of the owner) and their dog will urinate/defecate on someones nice landscaping without a care by the owner. If you have a pet and it gets loose, how would you feel if it bit a small child or caused an automobile accident and someone died, you would probably be complaining about being tried for criminal negligence or of being sued by the parents of a bitten child. No Kingman is full of people that don't care about others as long as they are doing what they want to do. Compared to other more modern cities/towns I have lived in, Kingman animal control policies are old and out dated but it is not surprising in that most of the elected are old and outdated as well. Remember, most laws are created due to a peoples negligence of not using common sense.

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Mr Zana. You are just as responsible for the actions of your dog as you are of an underage child.

Deal with it.

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