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Editorial: Dog problems

Posted: January 15, 2018 4:10 p.m.
Updated: January 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Readers will notice a story on today’s front page regarding problems some Elgin area residents have been having with feral dogs. 

Specifically, packs of loose dogs have been wandering the area around Sessions/Smyrna road, acting aggressively toward people, killing pets and livestock, and in at least one case, biting a child.

According to the residents, the problems have been ongoing for some time.

This is a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed on a number of levels, but nowhere more emphatically than with the owner(s). No dog owner should ever let their dog(s) run free and unattended for any length of time, especially if the dog(s) frequently wind up on someone else’s property. Since dogs don’t recognize property lines, this is a situation the owner must address. 

Worse, if a dog is being aggressive, either to people or other animals, this is a situation that can end very badly. And most of the time, it really isn’t the dog’s fault.

Ultimately, the responsibility rests with the dog owners and we believe the county needs to crack down accordingly -- and aggressively.

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