No responsible dog owner should sic pet on other pets
By Marilyn Field
Last Sunday night, here in Eureka, my young grandson’s cat was gravely torn up in his own front yard. This was done by a large dog whose owner makes a show out of training his dogs to “get the kitty.” There was a guardian angel out there at the time because my grandson was in bed. If my grandson had been playing in his own front yard, where he would have been if he hadn’t gone to bed, he would have tried to save his cat. Picture what would have happened then. Would it have been the cat or my grandson that was ripped apart?
My daughter confronted the dog’s owner at the time of the attack. The owner’s reaction showed he didn’t care. This man has a Facebook page where he brags about training his dogs to “get the kitty.” I know this because I checked out his Facebook page and several YouTube videos where he actually has the stupidity to show how he urges his dog to “get the kitty.”
I have owned dogs and cats over the years and they have lived together and have been friends. It takes a not-toobright owner to train his dogs to attack cats. History has shown that torturing animals can be a precursor to committing unspeakable acts against other human beings. This grown man obviously loves his dogs as shown in his legions of YouTube videos and Facebook postings. The dogs are innocent victims in this because they only try to please their owner by following his commands — which I assume he rewards them for. This man walks his dogs without a leash, even though his neighbors have warned him many times not to do so. He is still walking them without a leash! One of his dogs was witnessed killing one of his neighbor’s cats last year, by the way! How many more cats are missing in their neighborhood because of this man?
My goals in writing this, which I hope will be published, are to: 1) Warn the people of Eureka that he walks his dogs regularly without a leash; 2) To put our citizens on notice to watch out for him and to make sure your children and cats are not anywhere around him; 3) To alert the Eureka City Police, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and Animal Control that he is out there so they can keep him on their radar, and lastly; 4) To do everything in my power to see that this man will not be able to own a dog by law.
The fear and anguish that have happened to my family as the result of this cannot be described. Will my grandson ever be safe, along with the other small children in his neighborhood as long as this man is allowed to own and walk his dogs? This man is a bully and needs to be stopped. He is a “legend in his own mind!”
Fortunately this story has a positive ending. My grand cat, after hundreds of dollars spent at the vet, will hopefully live, but right now he has tubes in his body, and many wounds to heal before we know.
Marilyn Field resides in Eureka.
Animal cruelty is illegal and immoral
Animal cruelty is enraging and appalling. After reading Marilyn Field’s “My Word” (“No responsible dog owner should sic pet on other pets,” Times-Standard,) I would be moved to report this dog owner to law enforcement and press for charges of Animal Cruelty.
No one should be afraid in their neighborhood to allow their children or their pets to be out on their own property because of an idiot who routinely and willfully breaks the law. Someone should officially report this dog owner to the police. Make a video of him walking his dog without a leash and also refer to his Facebook page as evidence of his cruelty and belligerence of the law.
Other people have had their cats killed and this lady’s cat was gravely injured and she has spent hundreds of dollars on veterinary care for the cat because of this cruel and arrogant dog owner.
Perhaps even someone could circulate a petition amongst the neighbors to consolidate a complaint against this offending dog owner.
He should not be allowed to continue threatening the safety of people’s pets or their children. This cruelty to cats should not be allowed to continue. It is illegal and immoral.
I have reported animal cruelty to cats to law enforcement before which were investigated and further action would have been taken had I been able to identify the perpetrator of the acts. This guy should pay for his cruelty.
Michael Wood, Fortuna