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Thank you. Well said.
I totally agree, Tom. (Except for the part about taking sick animals to the vet. They used to do that when they worked in the shelter, but not anymore.) I would love to see CSO's get more help!
With your math, you may soon find that our 2 ACO's are free! Currently, they are in discussions to increase dog-related fines. I do not wish to harass ACO's. It is not about them. They are fine people who work hard. I have just heard from too many people that the LEVEL and MANNER in which they are patrolling Emerald, Stehly, the mountain, Fetcher Pond, Spring Creek and these types of places has been more like the big cities many people chose to escape. The current laws make it difficult for people to exercise their dogs within city limits. (Many people don't have yards, don't have quick access to the woods, and therefore can't play Frisbee with their dogs..etc.) Boulder has adopted a successful Voice and Site licensing program where more than 90% of their 70 square miles of open space are available to dogs with the SV license. At least this type of program would provide and OPTION for all of us.
I do not believe it is in their job description to "clean up after the irresponsible." You could try to get that changed though...
I rent. My landlord does not want a fence. Thanks.
Personal and catty comments toward me do not help advance this conversation. I have met you a few times, and we have mutual friends. So, let's not go down that road.
I have worked in the animal shelter and I know both of the officers. I have seen first hand the types and quantity of animal related dog complaints received by the police department. Although attacks on humans or dogs are rare, they do happen. However, this is not the point.
The point is do we NEED the LEVEL of enforcement that has been ramped up since the officers became unnecessary in the shelter? When I am approached time and time again by citizens who have had negative situations with dogs, it's not because of dog attacks or even dog poop. It's because ACO's have more time on their hands. I have the names of many citizens who report that the ACO's are spending their days hiding in bushes, hiking emerald, stopping people from playing fetch in front of their homes, stopping people from playing ball by Fetcher Pond and the river, asking and receiving approval to patrol the mountain in search of dogs off-leash, stalking owners at Whistler Park, Stehly Park, and Spring Creek, driving around LOOKING for someone to "educate" about the leash laws, chasing a deaf dog into the road with their truck, requiring the Humane Society to call them when a good samaritan brings a stray dog to the shelter so that they can give the owner a citation, not letting an old dog be off-leash on the way to be euthanized, and on and on....
...I start to think that just MAYBE they have too much time on their hands. And just maybe our city could get by with just one officer. The entire 2000 square miles of Routt County has 2 of their own officers. These 2 women cover Haden to Toponas to Clark to Rabbit Ears effectively.
Again...is having 2 full time officers in Steamboat the best use of our tax dollars? Obviously, by the amount of poop you are encountering and all the dogs that are bothering you in your yard, you believe we need both officers, and they are doing their job well.
Jerry, It is not uncommon for dog-to-dog aggression to occur when dog is restrained and another one is not. I am sorry to hear that happened to your neighbor's dog.
Schmiggity's is a wonderful bar and addition to our community. And I am not just saying that because my former husband and girlfriend own it. It has a good sound and light system! It's hard to provide a fun place to go, but have tight control on every single person. At least they are working on it!
In case the City argues that there are not enough officers to help with enforcement.... may I suggest that the 2 full-time Animal Control Officers be put in charge of this enforcement. They are strong, smart women who should be doing more than looking for dogs who are off-leash on Emerald. And since they no longer work in the animal shelter, where approximately 50% of their day was spent helping out there, perhaps they could help tackle this bear issue.
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