, Corbin, KY


March 6, 2012

Pet owners must be responsible

CORBIN — What is responsible pet ownership?

I am responding to the letter in published in the Times on Friday, Feb. 10, about pets being killed on roadways. In the article, the gentleman states he lost a pet that was killed on the highway.

With all due respect, I must ask why his pet was allowed to be on the highway. Now, if a car drove through your yard and killed your pet, I think everyone could have sympathy for you. However, highways are for cars and trucks — yards with fences are for pets.

You stated drivers will go out of their way to hit an animal as in the case of yours. Maybe the driver swerved to avoid your pet, but that brings us back to why was your beloved pet running loose on the highway.

I can’t speak for other drivers, but for myself, I would try always to never hit any animal, but neither will I risk an accident to run off the road to avoid hitting one. My life and the lives of others depends on me driving carefully — the lives and safety of pets lies with the owners, and if you or anyone allows your pet to run loose, then to me it says you don’t really care that much or your pet would be under your control.

We have leash laws for a reason, and it’s not to walk your dog two blocks and let it use the bathroom in someone’s yard. I have witnessed people walking in my neighborhood letting their dogs run into a yard, do its business, and then they turn and hurry away, leaving their pet’s mess for someone to step in. Is this responsible, respectful behavior?

So in conclusion, my heart goes out to all animals left to suffer and die after being struck by a vehicle, but the fault lies on the owner and nowhere else.

Mary Sanders, Corbin

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