Non-Respecting Dog Owners
The night was difficult; Chiquito, our little Chihuahua was barking the night away. I wondered why but I had worked very hard on a yard project yesterday that I just couldn't get out of that bed to see why.
It is a morning ritual; I get up and take Chiquito out to do his thing outside while I have a few drags off a cig and look at the beautiful sunrise coming over El Yunque mountain and rainforest. As I started to get up out of my squatting position, I heard rustling in the growth of plants and trees next to me. All of a sudden the two rottweilers came out just in front of me. The one started coming at me and barking. My defenses took hold and I picked up a large rock and started yelling like a madman. We have been through this before and those dogs didn't want to fight the crazy gringo again, so they ran away.
Just yesterday, the neighbor had them loose running on this property. I said to him that I had just planted cucumbers, watermelon and such and didn't want them tore out. I don't know if the guy understands English because those dogs have been running free all night long.
As I said before, we have had this issue before and one of the rottweilers had Chiquito in his jaws when I hit it with a rock. We called the Puerto Rico police who said they would send someone. No one ever came.
I guess they wait here until someone gets hurt or killed by a dog before they actually send someone.
I know there are laws here on this island for dog owners. It is my opinion that by writing this, maybe they will do something. I may even send this to Governor Fortuño himself. Maybe Mayor Chemo if he has time from hunting the chupacabra or plastering his face on every light-pole for reelection.
Do I sound angry? I am! I don't appreciate a dog coming at me to bite me in the place I call home.
From what I can find, I believe these dogs need to be kept in a way not dangerous to other humans in the vicinity. The need be penned or chained and on a leash when out with their master.
In Missouri where I came from, if a dog of this kind is on your property and a danger, you have the right to kill it. It is too bad for the animal, because it really isn't it's fault. I believe dog owners who directly disobey these laws should be fined and fined hard. If their dog attacks another human, they should go to jail and pay all medical and or funeral costs.
I will post a few links on what I found at the bottom of this hub.
Here are a few pictures as to what I found this morning. One of the dogs and the damage they caused.
It all comes down to respect. Respect demands respect and this world seems to have its share of non-respecting people.
If you own dogs, please consider those around you. How would you feel if in their shoes? It is a bad thing that we have to feel endangered in the place we live.
Don't get me wrong, I love animals. The animal is doing what it naturally does. I will feel real terrible if I have to hit one of these dogs with a machete, but I will in defense if need be.
I have work to do out there on the property and I will go down with my defenses at the ready. I see the dog is still loose as its owners are within their house. They surely heard my yells this morning and I am sure they saw the garbage their dogs mauled.
I made this video and I will send this hub to powers that should have dealt with this problem a few months ago.
What would you do??
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2012 Greg Boudonck
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