Letter: Supervisors have no right to limit dogs
This is in response to Supervisor Buster Johnson's quote in the Oct. 10 Miner. Mr. Johnson, you have it all backwards when you point out that people will suffer if they are surrounded by neighbors' barking dogs. If your neighbor allows his dog(s) to disturb you, you have every right to complain to him and request that he keep his dogs under control. If he does not, you have every legal right to complain to the Sheriff's Office. Animal Control will contact that neighbor and begin the process of stopping the problem. That is how is should be.
You do not have the right to create a law that limits the number of dogs he can have, only that he cannot allow them to disturb his neighbors. How dare you try to create such a law? It infringes on the rights of responsible pet owners.
My husband and I live on one acre with four dogs who are family members. They are kept healthy, clean, well-fed and loved. When they bark, we call them in the house. When we leave, they are left indoors. They are also spayed/neutered - an absolute must in order to keep from increasing the county's overpopulation problem.
We are volunteers for the Humane Society in Kingman, For the Luv of Paws, Care-Net and the Sheriff's Office (in order to do more at the Humane Society if there are unusual circumstances). We would love to be able to legally rescue a stray dog if we saw a need. We represent thousands of responsible pet owners who save the county the money it would otherwise spend to capture, feed, adopt out or euthanize the stray dog. We are the kind of people you should protect and encourage, not the people to harass with heartless laws of questionable legality.
We would encourage you to publicize and support SNIP, the Spay/Neuter Incentive Program, if you really want to get the overpopulation problem under control. This program assists low-income families in altering their pets at a low, affordable price, which is determined on a sliding scale. Anyone with a household income less than $35,000 qualifies if they participate in Disability, Medicare, AHCCCS, Social Security, Food Stamps or Unemployment. Counselors are available Tuesday through Saturday; the number to call is (928) 753-2727.
Instead of your present course of action, we would encourage you to help find financial aid for this program and make it free.