I am proud to be the owner of three dogs in the city of Oneonta. I have to make sure my dogs are on a leash while on a walk, confined to my yard while outside and clean up after them when they mess. My dogs are always up to date on their vaccines and get their city license yearly.
All seven of my dogs over the years have been a lifetime commitment. One I take with the pride and responsibilities that come with being a pet owner.
What I don’t understand is why cat owners have none of these responsibilities as well. Recently, someone moved into my neighborhood with two outside cats. They are constantly roaming and have been in my yard numerous times. Unfortunately, they treat my flower beds like their litter box. Is this fair? Why are cats allowed to run free?
Why is it that my yard is fenced in for my dogs’ safety but at times I cannot let my dogs outside because the neighbors’ cats are in it? Now at this time of year, I cannot even put my cushions on my outdoor furniture because the cats will take up residency and possibly spray them.
Why must my life adapt because someone chooses not to take the same care of their cats that I do of my dogs?
I would like the city of Oneonta to revisit the pet owner laws and make some drastic changes that I feel are necessary for the best care of all pets. After all, shouldn’t we all want to take care of our pets the best we can? I believe letting them run loose is not being a responsible pet owner.