County needs rules on how many dogs a family can have

To the Editor,

I would like to share a concern that has affected me, my family, and other residents in the neighborhood. For the last 14 months we have had to deal with 18-plus dogs that are being housed by our next-door neighbor. The dogs have entered our yard on many occasions, depositing feces, transferring trash, and at times have even chased our children. Our children’s faces were filled with fear as they entered our home to escape a possible dog attack . Sadly, our children cannot freely play in the yard without being afraid.

We deal with a great amount of noise and odor from these animals. Also, an accumulation of flees has been spotted in our yard, as well.

Being outside in the privacy of our backyard “grilling out” is absolutely no fun at all. It’s actually quite embarrassing to even have company over.

This house is rental property for the owner that lives in a town nearby. We have spoken to the owner of the house as well as the renter and received no relief from either. Our concern is that towns have guidelines to prevent homeowners from dealing with similar situations. It seems only fair that rural taxpayers should have similar treatment as our town

neighbors. Public notices are posted whenever new businesses are brought into our communities.. It appears that we are living with a double standard. The property in question is “a business,” and no notice was given that we, and our neighborhood of homes appraising in at $150,000 or more, would be provoked with 18-plus dogs housed on a small lot.

We have made our concerns known to the appropriate county agencies and the situation has improved. We want to thank these agencies for their help and all who cooperated. We are also making our appeal to the county leadership

and those responsible for guidelines. However, the agencies are limited in what they are able to do. There does not have

to be a limit on the number of animals a person has, just in relation to the distance to the nearest home. A few

reasonable guidelines would make for a safer, neater, healthier, friendlier environment, and county.

One’s freedom ends where another’s begins.

Jolena Locklear