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Pet Owners Need To Be Responsible

Some people think Archbold has a cat problem.

But the problem lies with people.

Cats made the news in Archbold in the Jan. 27 issue of this newspaper, when a woman complained about cats defecating on her property. She asked if the village could do something about it, including issuing cat licenses.

People are responsible for their pets, be they cats, dogs, or other animals. People are responsible for controlling their animals and their activities. And people are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Licenses don’t mean a thing if irresponsible pet owners don’t take care of their animals. How many of these animals, cats especially, are dumped out in the country and left to fend for themselves?

Cats and dogs will hunt for food and shelter wherever they can find it. They shouldn’t be blamed for doing what they have to do to survive.

People can cut down on the problem by spaying and neutering their pets, so they can’t produce litters of unwanted puppies and kittens.

February is National Spay and Neuter Month. Most veterinarians, humane societies, and animal rescues advocate spaying and neutering; some offer low-cost spaying and neutering to help control the pet population.

Pets enrich people’s lives, but pet owners must be responsible for the actions of their pets and must be good neighbors to others.

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